Monday, November 16, 2015

Silk

In all my blogpost of this month I talk about procion dye powder. This is because I have experience with it. On other blogs I have read that there are other fiber reactive dyepowders, but I have never used them. In the first post of this month I mentioned a couple of suppliers. I had no intention of posting a complete list, but mentioned only the ones I had experience with.

Most of the time I work with cotton, but today I am showing you a raw silk piece of fabric which I snow dyed. As it is silk I could not use soda ash, but I presoaked it in vinegar. It was 3,5 yard of silk, so I needed a number of bottles of vinegar. Can you imagine how the studio smelled?

After the soaking the fabric was crunched, placed in a container on a raised platform and covered with a layer of snow. Dye powder was sprinkled over it, approximately 0,5 cup each of Teal Blue, Brushed Steel and Better Blue Green (all Dharma). A thin layer of snow was added to cover the dye powder. Left like this till the next morning. After rinsing, washing and ironing this is how the fabric turned out:


I did not take any process pictures, You know the drill by now :-).

And two detail shots:



Don't know yet what I will do with this fabric, but 3,5 yard should be enough to make some kind of garment.


5 comments:

  1. Another royal piece, didn't realize it needs so much vinegar... Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wil, Beautiful piece! However, you CAN use soda ash with silk. Like you, I always thought that I couldn't use soda ash with silk so I stayed away from dyeing silk. However, after much research and learning from other dyers, silk is strong and can handle it. Candy Glendening of Candied Fabrics dyes a lot of silk with fiber reactive dyes and she said she's even left the scarves in the soda ash water for a week at a time before dyeing with no problems. Candy also has great online dyeing classes using fiber reactive dyes including 104 on dyeing silk.

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  3. I have used soda ash, vinegar and Citric Acid to pre-soak silk... all work, but I find the colors seem to be brighter and more intense when I use vinegar.

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  4. I am so glad to see this technique works for larger cuts of fabric! I've been drooling over snow and ice dyed pieces and imagining sewing myself a full-skirted dress of some kind. Thanks for the inspiration; would love to see what this piece turns into!

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