Dyes For Dyeing Silk, Wool, Nylon

Use these dyes for dyeing protein fibers like Silk, Wool, Nylon. Acid dyes are the best for tub dyeing silk a solid even color. Lanaset or Super wash are more washfast but a little harder to get the color even. Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion (the most economical) can be made into an "acid" dye by simmering it with vinegar for silk and wool, but colors can shift. iDye is quick and easy, but not as permanent as the rest. Learn More

Pros: Acid Dyes are the dye of choice for solid color dyeing of silks, wools, alpaca, mohair , feathers and other protein fibers, as well as Nylon. Some folks even use them on leather, but test! Excellent prices, bulk pricing, handy 2oz size. 82 beautiful, vibrant, and some very hard to get colors! Can be painted on as well.

Cons: Needs hot, almost simmering, water to use or needs to be steamed. Some colors take more advanced dyeing technique. Wash items dyed with acid dye in cold water, as they tend to bleed in hot.

 

Pros: Acid Dyes are the dye of choice for solid color dyeing of silks, wools and other proteins. Economical. Beautiful vibrant colors! Can be painted on as well.
Cons: Needs hot simmering water to use or needs to be steamed. No size in between 1/2 oz and 8 oz.

Pros: Lanaset Dyes are more permanent than regular Acid Dyes, wash fast even in hot water, and completely intermixable to your heart's content to get any color or shade you want. They are a very concentrated mix of 1:2 metal complex, acid and reactive dyes with high wet and light fastness. Can be painted on as well.

Cons: A few of the colors are very expensive. They also are a bit harder to use than the Leveling or Milling class Acid dyes. Once the dyebath reaches the high temperature needed for fixing, they tend to strike FAST! 

Pros: Super wash fast and light fast color on wools, silks and nylons. Great for production dyeing.

Cons: A little more work for even colors. Needs hot, almost boiling, water to use or needs to be steamed.

Pros: Quick, easy, economical for small dye jobs, don't have to buy extra chemicals, don't have to handle powders, behaves like Deka L, additional 8 colors for Polyester and nylon! Results are even and not streaky.
Cons: Needs hot water, less brilliant and long lasting, may fade more than "professional" dyes, less color selection.

Pros: Has so many uses! Photograms, Painting, Tie dyeing, Screen printing, Sun Printing, Stamping and Batik.
Cons: Not available in larger sizes, not meant for large dyeing projects, light sensitive.

Pros: Quite economical for the production artist. Two ounces of concentrate can yield up to 40 ounces of medium shade dye/paint.
Cons: Must be steam set or used in a hot dye bath for best results; cannot be fixed with Jacquard Dyeset Concentrate.

Pros: Economical liquid dye for silk painting. Diluting not required. Can be used with its own fixative or can be steam set, making it great for beginners.
Cons: Limited color palatte, colors less intense than French dyes, i.e. not a concentrate. Fixative does not result in as brilliant a color as steam setting.

Pros: quick, easy, no powders, no chemicals, no heat, great for beginners, infinitely mixable, did we mention quick?
Cons: not able to get dark vivid colors; better for medium and light shades, small color selection, black is maroony eggplant

Pros: Best dye for cotton, rayons, linens, hemp and other plant based fibers. Best dye for Tie-Dye and Batik. Vibrant wash fast permanent colors. Easy to use. Does not need hot water. Economical!
Cons: With silks and wools, colors are still vibrant, but shift. Need to use with the proper chemicals. Do not work on synthetics.

Pros: Historically fascinating to use dyes that have been in use for 100s to 1000s of years!

Cons: Fabrics or fibers have to be treated in a mordant before dyeing. Some of the metallic salts used to "mordant" (prepare for dyeing) the fabrics before dyeing are fairly toxic. We don't carry the worst ones.

Pros: Suitable for all natural fibers including wool, silk, cotton, bamboo and Tencel. Colors are non-toxic, aromatic, rich and earthy. Dye Liquid Extracts are easy to use, cost less and yield slightly lighter and brighter results. All the dyes may be mixed to create new shades.
Cons::Not for synthetic fibers such as polyester. Fibers should be pre-mordanted for best results. Careful dyeing prevents fading and color running.

Pros: Suitable for all natural fibers including wool, silk, cotton, bamboo and Tencel. Colors are non-toxic, aromatic, rich and earthy. Dye Powder Extracts are concentrated and more expensive. All the dyes may be mixed to create new shades.
Cons: Not for synthetic fibers such as polyester. Fibers should be pre-mordanted for best results. Careful dyeing prevents fading and color running.

Pros: Easier and faster to get into solution and use than natural or synthetic Indigo.

Cons: Still have to use chemicals with it to make it work. Indigo can "crock" or rub off on you and your laundry unless you use Dharma Dye Fixative or Retayne as an extra last step before washing thoroughly with Synthrapol and Hot water to get off the loose dye.


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