Low Impact Dyes + Merino Wool

Posted: Jan 26 2018

 

I've been experimenting with natural and low impact dyes, in order to dye natural fibres. 

Required: 

Merino Wool (this process can be used on any wool, whether fabric or yarn) 

Gloves 

Natural or Low Impact Dyes 

             I used Ashford Wool Dye

Oven Proof Dish + a rack that fits on the bottom (not necessary) 

Syringe or Squeeze Bottle

Oven or Microwave

 

Step 1: Prepare dyes as per the instructions. 

Step 2: Soak your wool in warm water + a drop of dish soap for 30 minutes. Remove as much water as you can

Step 3: Prepare dish you are going to use for dyeing your wool, place wool in the dish and pour/syringe/squeeze dye onto wool. 

Step 4: Warm oven to 250F, skip this step if using a microwave. 

Step 5: Be sure to check the underside of the wool to ensure every spot you wish to be dyed is. Place in microwave/oven safe dish.

---> if using the oven keep wool in for 20 minutes if you notice that the wool is not holding onto the dye you can keep it in longer. 

--> if using a microwave, microwave at 1minute intervals, usually after 5-6 minutes the fabric has retained the dye.

Step 6: Allow to cool, and then rinse.

Step 7: Allow to dry, and then it is ready to sew or knit up! 

 

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