I did some more scrunch dyeing yesterday on a skirt and I love the results. I presoaked the rayon, (cellulose fiber), skirt in soda ash a few days ago so it was dried out, then sprayed it with water to dampen it a little before I scrunched it. The colors I used were Sage Green, Lapis, and Blue Gray (From Dharma Trading). I mixed up dye concentrate using 2tsp dye powder to one cup chemical water (water and urea). I scrunched the skirt into the "brain" pattern and tied it with string. I applied the dyes colors in a diluted form, I think I diluted the concentrate about 1/2 and 1/2 with chemical water, I forgot to write down the exact dilution rate.
Bits of linen and cotton that I soda soaked (soaked in soda ash solution)
to use as dye samples for my dye book
Below is a rayon shell that I dyed with the same colors but with a much more diluted solution
This is the dye mixing box I use to mix my powdered dyes. It is made from a simple plastic bin with a lid. I cut 2 holes in it for my arms and covered the edges with duct tape to soften the sharp edges.
I line the bottom and the back with cotton fabric and I spray it with water to dampen it so that it will catch any airborne dye powder. The fabric can be removed and washed between uses so that the dye powder does not dry out and become airborne once again.
Once the dye powder has been mixed with the water and your spoons have been rinsed, so there is no residual dye powder on them, it is safe to open the box
This is a rayon shell that I am scrunch dyeing.
The cups contain scraps of sample fabric for my dye book
Below are some photos of some neutrals that came out of my last batch of Eco dyeing. The rusty tin can caused the blacks and grays and in this case the leaves acted as more of a resist. I actually liked these more than the leaf prints I posted yesterday.