JBPrints JBPrints
First timer on the stove top with linen pants and jacquard. i don't have a front loader. just wondered if there might be any top tips

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pburch pburch
Use Procion MX [URL=http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/fiberreactive.shtml][U]fiber reactive dyes[/U][/URL] for dyeing linen. (From what you wrote, we can't tell if you might be using acid dyes, which won't work on linen). Procion MX dye works beautifully at room temperature on linen, when set with [URL=http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/sodaash.shtml][U]soda ash[/U][/URL], with help from a large quantity of [URL=http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/salt.shtml][U]salt[/U][/URL] to encourage the dye to approach the fiber. Use a five-gallon bucket to apply the dye in, with a long spoon to stir and stir for an hour. You must use a large enough container for the fabric to move freely when stirred; otherwise you will get uneven, splotchy results. Find a good recipe and follow it closely.

iDye [URL=http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/directdye.shtml][U]direct dye[/U][/URL] can be used on linen, but it will not stay bright as long as Procion MX dye, and it requires heating, which means you'll need a cooking pot that is several gallons in size. Such pots are expensive, especially since you should never plan to reuse a dye pot for food preparation. Better to use a cool water dye so that you can use a cheap plastic bucket as your container.

Front-loading washing machines are not as good for dyeing as top-loading washing machines, so the fact that you don't have a front-loader is not a problem at all. It's much more of an inconvenience to not have a top-loader, but you can do fine with immersion dyeing without a machine or dyeing pot if you use Procion MX dye.

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