One of my goals when immersion dyeing, whether it be with synthetic dyes or nature dyes, is a level dye run. This means the colour is even throughout the length of yarn. A second goal is a well exhausted dye bath; most of the dye is taken up by the yarn, with hardly any dye remaining in the liquid.
To achieve a level dye run and a well exhausted nature dye bath:
- Strain the liquid from the solids after extracting colour from your dye materials. Use the strained liquid for your dye stock.
- Bring the dye bath up to temperature slowly. This allows pigments the necessary time to bond with the mordants.
- Gently stir the dye bath every 10 – 15 minutes, both during the processing and cool down phases.