Microwave Dyeing of Fabrics

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I hope this will be a place where I can share some of my knowledge and answer any queries you may have on your creative journey.

dyed fabrics microwave feltFeel the fear and do it anyway’ is a phrase that comes to mind when I think about my first forays into the dyeing of fabrics. From the beginning I knew very little about colour mixing and was extremely reluctant to do anything which might damage my beautiful natural silk if I got it wrong.

How should I do it anyway?
I soon realised, however, that the opportunities to purchase dyed fabric were very limited and if I wanted to use it in lots of projects then it was going to prove very expensive and therefore unsustainable long term. In any case it was very unlikely that I would always get the colours I had in mind.
Then I discovered the book ‘Dyeing to Colour’ by Bailey Curtis.
This fabulous book published in 2001, covers many aspects of dyeing all sorts of fabrics and fibres including recipes for each process and makes it all seem very easy. It is well laid out with lots of images, space for note making and comes spiral bound for ease of use.
The secret to success is to work small-scale, play with colour mixing and different effects and get quick results. For me the microwave is the perfect tool, but if you do intend to use it please ensure you keep a separate one for cooking!
Have fun!