some help with dyeing wool



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some help with dyeing wool

Postby Iodo » Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:36 pm

This question isn't related to middle earth so I'm being naughty, but I have a large piece of plaid wool with dark grey on a white background, I would like it to be dark grey on a moss-green background

all the research I've done into dyeing wool says I have to boil the dye bath, the fabric is so huge that isn't possible, so my question is: is there a way to use a store-bought acid dye without keeping the water at a sustained high temperature?

also dylon dye (that I've used before for linen) says you can add acid to fix it on wool/silk but I couldn't find an example of anyone trying this, maybe it would work?

any input here would be helpful :P
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Re: some help with dyeing wool

Postby Udwin » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:25 pm

-Wool shrinks and tightens (aka felts) when subjected to heat and agitation, so you don't want to boil the wool. Wool takes dye so well anyway, I think a Warm dyebath is fine, hot might be okay if you don't agitate too much but boiling I would avoid.
-Cloth takes dye better if it's damp, but if (as I'm guessing) this is something blanket-size, stirring the cloth probably isn't practical.
-When dyers talk about adding acid for dyeing wool or nylon, don't be intimidated; a cup of white vinegar always works for me.

Here's what I would do: Submerge your fabric and squeeze out excess water, get your large dyebath (dye + vinegar) hot, add the damp fabric, stir if you can, and just let it sit until the water's cool.
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Re: some help with dyeing wool

Postby Elleth » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:29 pm

I've no meaningful experience with store dyes, but from my little bit of natural dye experience, I *suspect* if you boil the water with the dye packet, let it come down to warm-but-not-boiling temperature, then put in your fabric for a while you'll do fine. Wool seems generally eager to just soak up color.

You'll need to stir/resettle it a bit if it's tight in the pot though, to keep it from going tie-dye on you.

edit - yeah, what Udwin said. :mrgreen:
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Re: some help with dyeing wool

Postby Iodo » Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:15 am

Thanks so much for the replies and the help :P

I've ordered some of this:

https://www.colourcraftltd.com/fabric-a ... almon-6362

hopefully it will work, do you have any tips of how to gauge mixing another color to change the shade of the dye slightly or is this just done by trial and error?
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