Dry Dye and the Coffeepot

 

New experiments:  Shirts folded dry, slightly damped, a mix of dry dye and soda ash applied, placed on an inclined rack in the sink, and drenched with boiling water (The Coffeepot Method) allowed to cool and washed out.  Dyes used were Custom Colors fuschia, yellow, blue, and black.

Conclusions:  No so sure yet I like this.  Maybe because I did not use enough dry dye.  Color saturation is not what I would like for it to be and I am not sure about whether or not the colors will fade with washing, although they were put through a cold wash after rinsing.  Some people soak in white vinegar afterward to help set the colors. I may try it and see what I think.

I like liquid dyes with urea for deep, saturated colors but they don’t break and blend the way dry dyes do.  The breaking allows for watercolor effects and are always a surprise.  The Geode shirt is from black dye breaking into blue. the DNA was done with three primary colors and is a good example of how dry dyes break and blend.

Hmmmmm. . . . ponder, ponder, ponder. . . .

Left to right; Pink Geodes is Fruit of the Loom adult 3 X, DNA is the same, Flowerfold is 2x.  $35, free shipping.  Holler if you want one.

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