Day 25 – Disperse Dyes and Wrapping up the Reactive Dyes

I have got to say that this was a really fun week! I had a blast working with colour. I can’t wait to delve into it more. I’m sensing a trip to Marty’s next weekend for some food colouring… Little man is gone, so Saturday will be “retail therapy day.” I’ll be going up to school to take advantage of studio time anyway, so why not, right?

Anyway, the disperse dye was fun. I can’t see myself doing much with it in the future though. It only works on synthetic fibre (except silk, which seems to be the exception to the rule of everything). Essentially you’re making a heat transfer.

The transfers I painted


Some pieces done with disperse dyes

We also finished up with the reactive dyes. I think I’m going to use my 10 step scale yarn in a new bandana or two (I’ve got a lot of compliments on the one that I wear quite a bit). This was a fun process, but again, not too excited about working with chemicals on a regular basis.


Acid dyed yarn drying


My 10 step scale

This was Laurie’s last day. She taught us A LOT this week. She was a great instructor and a lot of fun:-) She took various pieces of our work and fixed the display case up outside the classroom. It looks awesome!

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4 thoughts on “Day 25 – Disperse Dyes and Wrapping up the Reactive Dyes

  1. You have me so interested in dyeing things I did a little research beyond what I’ve read on your blog. It’s an interesting science. Very technical. Like chemistry. Good for you; learning all this stuff. I wish I was in school with you. Thanks for sharing. Patsye

    • Patsye, I wish you were here with me too. I have talked about you quite a bit. I’m so glad that you’re finding this interesting. I didn’t realize how technical dyeing can be. I’m excited about how it will keep my mind active for many years to come (I’m a firm believe in “use it or lose it”) 🙂

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