We now have great training DVDs to show every step of the dye process.
We also have comprehensive notes and FAQs to explain the trickiest of processes, and our technical department is constantly listening to your feedback to develop new on-line training resources as well as new in-person workshops you can attend... so if you can't get to one of our many workshops, buy a DVD and the workshop will come to you!
DVDs currently available at $15 each including postage:
dyeing silk in a microwave
steam-dyeing silk yarn
sericin silk paper-making
steam-dyeing silk stripping
steam-dyeing silk tussah
steam-dyeing silk rods
Nuno-felting. Released October 2010.
Nuno felting is a fabric felting technique which bonds loose fibre, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt. Using the pressure of hand and arms, a roller is rolled back and forth on the table. This friction begins the process of matting the layers together so the fibres can work their way into the gauze.
The fibres can be rolled so as to completely cover the background fabric, or they may be used as a decorative design that allows the backing fabric to show. The rolling continues until the fibers stick to the gauze -when they can no long be picked up between a finger and thumb.
Nuno felting often incorporates several layers of loose fibres combined to build up colour, texture, and/or design elements in the finished fabric.
The nuno felting process is particularly suitable for creating lightweight fabrics used to make clothing. Any fabric that has a fairly open weave can be used as a base fabric, but the use of silk in the felt creates fabric that will not stretch out of shape.
How to Mono Dye Silk
How to Mono Dye Silk
How to Paint Multiple Silk Scarves
How to Ombre Dye Silk
Rather than dyeing fabric one solid color, you can blend two or three "neighbouring" colors (neighbors on the color wheel) then blend or fade from one color to the other.
How to Ombre Dye Silk with Multiple Colours
How to Heat Fix Dye Cotton
How to Paint Cotton
How to use Instant Dyes
Any 1 DVD - $15 posted in Australia, NZ$25.00 posted to New Zealand. All 15- $150 posted in Australia, NZ$200 posted to NZ, USD 200 posted to US or CAD 195 posted to Canada.
FAQ NOTES EMAILED- $50.
excerpts from our FAQ notes...
From our troubleshooter FAQs:
What causes unevenness in the form of colouring and rough prints on the printed fabric?
Answer: Usually, inadequate pre-treatment and unsuitable thickener, dyes and colour foams
How to fix it- Give proper pre-treatment, wash the material properly, use defoamer and dissolve the dyes properly.
What causes unevenness in the form of colour - mine is darker/lighter towards one side?
Answer: Usually, uneven pressure when applying colour and uneven steaming.
How to fix it- Check printing paste application and steam circulation.
From our handy hints FAQs:
Shibori - an ancient Japanese technique for making one-of-a-kind dyed fabric. It's a complicated shape resist method. It includes a number of labour-intensive resist techniques including stitching elaborate patterns and tightly gathering the stitching before dyeing, forming intricate designs for kimonos.
Soda ash (sodium carbonate, or pH Up) is most easily dissolved in water which has been heated to 35.4 degrees Celsius). It is less soluble at higher OR lower temperatures.
Dyeing with our Procolour dyes is best done somewhere between 35 and 45 degrees Celsius. Other "cold water" fiber reactive dyes such as Cibacron F and Drimarene K prefer temperatures that are only slightly warmer. At temperatures significantly above that range, the dye will react very quickly with the water, leaving no dye to react with your fiber. If you heat your soda ash to a higher temperature, is important to cool to this temperature range to prevent this hydrolysis, but there is no need to cool all the way down to room temperature. Just cool down to where it is comfortable to handle (below 40 degrees C).
Temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius should be avoided, as they can slow reaction time of "cold water" dyes dramatically.