‘Procion’ fibre reactive dyes are perfect for when it comes to dyeing natural cellulose fibres (plant fibres) including cotton, rayon, linen, hemp, flax, paper, reeds and wood. They can be used for tie-dye, tub dyeing, graduation dyeing, printing, hand painting, shibori, wax batik and more.
The dyes with code ‘PR’ are from Dharma Trading Company, imported from the USA. They are the very best quality, the brightest colours and the easiest to dissolve. The dyes with code MX are produced in the UK. They are also incredibly high quality as I only use the colours that I have rigorously tested and used on the clothes that I dye and sell myself. Whichever dye you choose you will treat the same regarding your chosen dyeing technique, and the result will be a vibrant, eye-catching and permanent colour. Fibre-reactive dyes require soda ash to fix the colour on to the fabric.
Please be aware that fibre reactive dyes will not work at all on synthetics such as 100% polyester and will only dye protein fibres such as wool and silk to pale shades. Each dye will come with instructions and you will find a lot of information on the internet about alternative dyeing methods. I also advise that you pre-wash all your garments before you begin dyeing, as a lot of manufacturers use chemicals to coat the fabrics meaning the dye won’t penetrate as easily.
What do I need in order to tie dye?
- White garments or fabric
- Fibre Reactive Dye
- Soda Ash
- Squeezy Bottles. These are the ones I use.
- It’s advisable to use dust masks when mixing your dye.
How much will your dye yield?
A child’s tee shirt weighs approximately 100g, and an adults tee shirt weighs approximately 200g. For every 100g of dry weight garment, you will need approximately 2 litres of water, 5g of dye and 20g of soda ash. If you are dyeing with black, then you will need to use 4 times the amount of dye to get the best results. The shade of black that I am currently using is a 50/50 mixture of PR44 Better Black and PR300 New Black.
The colours shown are intended as a guide only, as dye results can vary on different fabrics and with different dyeing techniques.