Sunday, September 6, 2009

Colour Lasagna

Many dyers know this simple recipe, its fun and simple and a great way to use up the leftover dyes at the end of a session.

You will need the following:
*Large bucket with 1 gallon of lukewarm water and 4 teaspoons soda ash
*Leftover Procion MX dyes dissolved in water-any concentration, any colours, any amount
*Large container with lid-icecream bucket or similar. It should be larger than a yogurt container
*Several fat quarters-I use 4-6 of them. Try different fabrics, linen, silk etc.
*Add in some embroidery floss, lace or??

1. Pour 1 cup of soda ash solution into the bottom of the large container.
2. Add one fat quarter and push into the soda ash solution.
3. Pour small amount (1/4 cup) of one or more colours of dye solution over top and push the fabric into the dye.

4. Add another cup of soda ash solution.
5. Add another fat quarter.
6. Add more dye solution, try other colours.

7. Repeat these steps over and over again until you have run out of fabric, dyes or both. Push all pieces down into the dye/soda ash solution.

8. Place lid on container and let sit for 2-3 hours.

9. Rinse well and then wash in hot water with a small amount of Synthrapol.
10. Iron fabrics and enjoy.

All supplies are available from Dharma Trading They have a great website, check them out!


Michele said...

I'm not sure I can clearly see the results. Please send the fabric to my house at your earliest convenience so I can more closely inspect the material.

Thank you.

Susan said...


I'd be happy to do that when I earn my first million!

tiedyejudy said...

Great way to use up small amounts of dyes! I love your results!