Drimarine K Simple Dyeing Method
Drimarine K is a COLD to WARM fibre reactive dye that is stable in both powder and liquid form. Suitable for dye bath, hand painting and printing. Good tinctorial strength and good wash/light fastness. Especially good for hand-painters as they have a long shelf life once made into liquid form.
Suitable for all natural fibres silk, wool, linen, cotton, viscose/rayon. Silk, Cotton and other cellulose fibres will dye best of all.
25g (5 teaspoons) dye powder will dye 500g fabric to full strength – for paler shades use less dye
Use enough water to cover your fabric
For every litre of water in your dye bath you will need;
50 gms COOKING SALT (3 tablespoons)
20gms SODA ASH (4 teaspoons) Note Soda Ash is a very strong alkali and tends to weaken & perish silk, use half the amount of Soda Ash in any recipe or use PAINTING POWDER instead.
Weigh your fabric (dry) and measure out dye powder; 1 teaspoon dye = 5gms =100gms fabric
Dissolve your dye powder in boiling water
- Select a bucket, or any receptacle large enough for your purpose
- Measure enough HOT water, by the litre, into your dye bath to cover fabric
- For every litre of water you will need the salt solution
- Dissolve salt & dye, and add to the dye bath, stirring well
- Add the fabric (wet) and stir again
- Leave to stand for 30 – 40 minutes, stirring regularly for even penetration
- When colour saturation is complete, add Soda Ash, dissolved in hot water, to dye bath, stir well. This is the fixing agent.
- Leave to stand for a further 30 – 40 minutes, stirring from time to time
- Remove the fabric from dye bath, squeeze out excess liquid and wash thoroughly in hot, soapy water until water runs clear