Friday, October 22, 2010
Dyeing to be Perfect
Suzanne and I are both enamoured with the idea of using hand-dyed organic fibers, and I'm completely excited about doing our own dyeing. My first two batches came out uneven and speckly, but I soon figured out the chemistry and perfected my technique. It turns out that it's critical to wash the fabric first with a high quality professional textile detergent, and timing the fixing process with the right temperature is also key.
Anyhow, this last batch I dyed included the colors, "Sand Dune" and "Cayenne Red." The first color is a gorgeous pale mushroom grey, while the red is definitely chili pepper! And I'm so happy that the color came out uniform and perfectly saturated. This fiber is organic Oeko-Tex 100 certified merino wool jersy knit. It is super soft to the touch, and warm to wear.
Onward! I can't wait to see these turned into garments!