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!


  1. Beautiful! I am salivating over both colors, and am so excited for you in this new, wonderful venture!