Fabric Dyeing is the process of adding color to fabric with dyes. There are many techniques for the amateur dyer, from simple grocery store brands of dye to the more sophisticated Procion Fiber Reactive Dye process. Hand dyed fabrics have a depth and richness of color that commercial fabrics often lack. Hand dyeing your own fabrics is a way to achieve a look that isn't found in commercial fabric. Fabric can be found already prepared for dying and is often labeled "PFD", which means the fabric has been processed without any chemicals that may interfere with the dye. Safety is important so please wear a mask when working with powdered dyes.
Benefits of Fabric Dyeing
- When Fabric Dyeing, colors are rich and you control the intensity of the color.
- You can dye fabric to your specifications.
- There are a variety of dyes to choose from including plants.
- You can add patterns and effects in a variety of ways with simple techniques and tools.
Tools and Supplies for Fabric Dyeing
You will need the following when you start Fabric Dyeing:
- Soda Ash
- PFD Fabric
- Tubs for dyeing
- Containers for dye
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Fabric Dyeing
FABRIC DYEING is so much fun and everyday is a new surprise. It's not the "cleanest" thing to do, but the sky is literally the limit when you start. Be sure that you use tools, containers, etc...that will be used specifically for your dye room and to not just grab something from the kitchen to use and put it back when you're done. Although Fabric Dyeing can yield wonderful results...it's not cheap!