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Colorhue Instant-Set Silk Dyes

USE FOR: silk painting, dip dyeing, crinkle dyeing, Shibori, batik and much more

USE ON: silk and other protein fibers, devore´ (cut silk/rayon blend) satins and velvets (most of the color will be on the silk backing. Seems to work somewhat for pastels on several cellulose fibers, but we recommend testing!

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Colorhue Silk Dyes are instant-set concentrated silk dyes that require no mixing of powders, additional chemical additives, or heat setting. The only other thing you need is plain tap water to dilute the concentrated liquid colors to the desired shade.

These are great when you need fast results and are not too concerned with depth of color. Black is the most difficult color and comes out more of a maroony eggplant. Good silk dyes for beginners, classes, and quick projects.

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Textile dyes are coloring agents that bond with the fibers of your fabric. They are soluble in water and will not affect the feel of the fabric. Colorhue Instant-Set Silk Dyes are true coloring agents that penetrate the fibers of your silk.

Colorhue is a concentrated dye — approximately 15 to 20 drops of the concentrated dye in a 1/2 cup of water will make a medium shade of the above colors. Dilute even more for pastels. Keep in mind that you will never get the depths of shade that you can get with professional silk dyes and steaming. Black is the hardest color to get and comes out more like a maroony eggplant.

Using Colorhue Dyes is easy, fast and efficient because they require no setting procedures, such as timing prerequisites or heat processes in order to complete the coloring. This dye does not require mixing powders or any additional chemical additives to augment the liquid dye. The only additive needed is plain tap water to dilute the concentrated liquid colors to the desired shade. Instant gratification folks!

These properties make this dye fantastic for beginners, teaching classes, dip dyeing, ribbon dyeing, silk painting, shibori, and much more. Best on silk, this product also gives visually interesting results on fabrics and scarves with silk blends, like devore (etched) silk/rayonl satin or velvet. We have also gotten some color to stick on cellulose fibers like cotton, linen, rayon and hemp, but we highly recommend testing as our results were very mixed!!! Great where the depth of color is not as important as getting it done quick. This product has a unique niche that it fills marvelously, but we don't recommend this product if you want vivid deep colors.

COLORHUE Silk Dyes are instant-set, to be used on silk, wool and other protein fibers. Cool results on mixed fiber blends too, like silk/rayon devore´(etched) satins and velvets, where most of the color goes on the silk, and it is more pastel on the rayon. We also got it to work somewhat on some cellulose fibers like cotton, rayon, linen and hemp, giving pastel color, but we recommend testing because the results really varied on these fibers.

To set them, you simply let them thoroughly dry. Do rinse in cool water to remove excess dyes.
Keep in mind that because they are "instant" setting dyes, you cannot do some of the techniques you can do with other silk dyes or paints, like salt and alcohol techniques. But keep on reading, because there is a lot of cool stuff you can do!


Gloves, Pipettes, plastic or glass containers, zip-lock bags

I do recommend using gloves, as these dyes are very concentrated. Use plastic or glass containers for mixing your dyes. For storage, of leftover dyes mixed with water, it is best to use glass. For dying small pieces, you can also dye in zip-lock bags. Do not use metal containers or utensils with this dye.

Color Mixing:

Start by putting a little water in container, then add dye, using pipettes. Pipettes will help you both measure and prevent spillage. Add more water once you have the desired color. This dye is concentrated. Standard ratio is 3 parts water to 1 part dye (for stronger colors, dilute more for lighter colors). I take a scrap of fabric, wet it and dip it in the dye container, to check the color. Of course, more water will make the colors lighter, and more dye will make it darker. Note that blue looks purple in the bottle, but once it is brought out of the water, air makes it turn blue.


You can easily mix the dyes together to create numerous shades.

Rose + Yellow = Orange

Yellow + Blue = Green

Blue + Rose= Violet

Rose+ Green+ Yellow = Brown

Black can be added to any of the resulting colors to make the color darker

Try mixing a little Yellow into the Rose to get more of a Red

Bubble Pack or Dry cleaning Bags:

This is a fantastic technique that picks up the pattern of the plastic.

   1. Lay the plastic, bubble side up. If using dry cleaning bags, slit it, then wrinkle

   2. Lay silk, right side down on the plastic

   3. With a large foam brush, brush the fabric with water. This merges the plastic and silk together, and the pre-wetting prevents streaking.

   4. Mix Colorhue, typically 3 parts water to 1 part dye, and stir.

   5. Using a foam brush, brush on the dye.

   6. Let dry for at least one hour before removing from the plastic.

   7. Dry, then press.


Because this dye is so instant, you can brush on several colors, and there is very little merging of colors.

   1. At the ironing board, pleat your fabric into 1 inch pleats.

   2. Using rubber bands, wrap the fabric. Wherever the bands are, the fabric will remain white.

   3. Using foam brushes, push the dye into the areas between the rubber bands. Using 3 colors usually works best, more gets too busy.


   1. Lay out plastic over your table.

   2. Place marbles in fabric, and tie in place with rubber bands.

   3. Brush on the dye using foam brushes.

Evenly Dyeing:

Note: For deeper colors add more dye and just enough water to cover the fabric. The longer you leave the fabric in the darker it will be. If the water is very light the dye has been absorbed. Take fabric out, add dye, stir, place fabric back in and stir. If leaving in for over an hour stir every 15 minutes to keep color even.

   1. Prepare fabric by pre-wetting. Simply place in a large container of water, and stir. Take it out of the water, placing in an empty container.

   2. In the container of water, pour dye.

   3. Place the wet silk in the dye water and stir until all dye is absorbed. The silk absorbs the dye, leaving the water clear. Hang to dry.

Uneven Dyeing:

   1. Scrunch your silk, and tie with rubber bands or clothespins.

   2. Dip in dye OR place in a zip lock bag.

   3. Squeeze out dye, dry and repeat for second color.

Spritz it!:

   1. Cover your area with white plastic. Dilute the dye with water, and pour into a spray bottle.

   2. Scrunch up your fabric, for an uneven color and spray!

   3. Repeat with other colors.

Colorhue Silk Dyes -  6 Color Set

This Colorhue Silk Dye Set includes six .5 oz bottles of concentrated dye in assorted colors along with six pipettes, instructions and technique suggestions. Great for beginners and classes. Everything you need to add color to silk, linen, rayon and wool fast, with no chemicals or steaming.

Kit contains:

  • Six .5 oz. bottles of Colorhue Dye (Rose, Canary Yellow, Electric Blue, Emerald Green, Black, Turquoise)
  • 6 plastic pipettes
  • Complete instructions and technique suggestions
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Colorhue Silk Dyes - 10 Color Set

This Colorhue Silk Dye Set includes ten .5 oz bottles of concentrated dye in assorted colors along with instructions and technique suggestions. Great for beginners and classes. Everything you need to add color to silk, linen, rayon and wool fast, with no chemicals or steaming.

Kit contains:

  • Ten .5 oz. bottles of Colorhue Dye (Rose, Canary Yellow, Electric Blue, Turquoise, Brown, Emerald Green, Black, Goldenrod, Eggplant, Pumpkin)
  • Complete instructions and technique suggestions
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23 Reviews
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My most important requirement for dying silk scarves was no heat setting yet having pretty colors as a base for my fabric painting with fabric markers.I bought the small 6 color set to try these. These are fabulous!!! I got my scarf wet first then I used a quart size baggie with maybe a cup or so of water (I did not do any measuring) and a small pour from the bottle of dye into the water. I added the scarf stirred and squeezed the extra liquid out of it then rinsed it in tap water before hanging it up to completely dry.It was a lovely medium dark jewel tone color. I still had dye in the water so I put in a wet scarf and ended up with a lovely pastel version of the same color.After completely drying ... I handwashed the scarves using no soap. None of the color washed out
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I saw a review asking "why no red". I watched the DVD and it was explained that many lines of dye don't contain what most people call a"true red" rather it can be mixed from the fuchsiamagenta and yellow colors that are available. I got a great "fire engine red" with just a little mixing. Love this stuff clean up was a breeze.
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16 of 16 users found this review helpful.
The instructions are very sparse. I painted a silk burnout scarf (rayon pilesilk backing) based on the understanding it would dye silk and rayon expecting different intensity between the fibers. It was beautiful in shades of rose purple blue and teal - I loved how the dyes mixed to create just about any color I could imagine. After it was dry I rinsed it in cold water to remove excess dyes and every red based color fell out. I have a lovely scarf in washed out shades of denim blue but all the effort of color mixing and applying was wasted. Each area where there had been a rose color (either straight or mixed) had a halo of the original color on the silk backing but otherwise the color was gone. The fringe I had painted each set of threads with the different tones they all washed out to blue.
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I have been using these dyes for over a decade. They are great for classes and projects where you don't want to have to heat or chemical set. They are very very easy to use. If I want a very specific color or want to dye larger projects I use a "traditional" acid dye. If you want to dye something solid black then no this is not the dye for you. If you use fabric that is not 100% silk then yes expect to have varying results. I personally have never had issues with colors running while washing with warm or cold water but I haven't tried it with Milsoft and hot water. I find that a warm water wash with mild detergentsoap with a rinse of everyday fabric softener works just fine. But again - if you're teaching silk dyeing classes especially with kids - it's the best!
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10 of 10 users found this review helpful.
I have used these for awhile with shibori and they are fast easy and fun. They are great with soy wax as there is no heat needed so a design will hold for immersion in a single color.
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10 of 10 users found this review helpful.
I bought a set of colors used them in a class and had wonderful results.
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I have been involved in creative dyeing on silk for awhile now and look for great results while keeping the process simple. In other words I don't want to pull out a hazmat suit or chemistry book to have fun! I sell my work so I cannot afford to spend two days on 1 scarf and sell it for a pittance either. That's where the Colorhue dyes come in. The Colorhue ARE instant-set and the resulting pastel like shades leave the scarf soft-as soft as steam setting. Buy the DVD subscribe to blogs my Marlene Glickman. Take the time to readlisten to the instructions and play with the dye and learn to mix your favorite colors. Understand what it will and will not do. Very few textile artists dye with just 1 product. I work with a number so the Colorhue is what I use for a particular "look." It is very concentrated. I have never had a wash out issue (and I am not gentle with my silk-better I find out than a client!) It will not produce the brilliance of steam set nor dye paints. But I get great results from the techniques shown in the video by using templates and by using the spray bottles You can easily dye a dozen scarves in less than an hour if you need a beautiful group for a show! No heat set no steam set no ironing (unless you want to). I am pleased with it!
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2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
just used these for scarves they are very easy and yield a nice medium tone I plan to experiment more w more silks and more colors (only used blue turq. magenta and rose so far.. I screenprinted Jacquard Dye Attractant to see what would happen it acted as a resist w this dye on silk leaving a faint pattern. After dyeing I screenprinted Jacquard Discharge paste which I have usually used on Cotton dyes w great success--- it discharged very quickly on this and was fun. I didn't notice any bad smells. After reading these other reviews on washing I rinsed the scarf after all this in cold water and dish soap only I noticed very little fading and it was not left too stiff. My customers seem to like them so far and I always advise (and tag the item for) cold water hand wash only. I usually only do repeat printed patterns in monochrome discharge but I think this will work well for me to use silk in a quick way. I do wish they came in bigger quantities but I will try the larger size soon!
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4 of 4 users found this review helpful.
I really like these. I wouldn't wash them in hot most silks are recommended as cold water only anyway after setting the colors. I haven't rinsed them which is fine with me The colors don't wick when you lay another color on them that is instant set to me which means I can work a hand paint design until i am satisfied they are so simple to use my 12 yr old was just as successful with her project. They are the perfect dyes to achieve a watercolor wash effect which I love! To add fabric softener I toss the scarves into the dryer with a big towel and a sheet of fabric softener for 20 minutes. No need for hot water. After 8 years of working with silk I have realistic expectations for what a dye will and won't do these are pretty great since there is no steam process.
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I've used these for shibori on hab scarves got lovely results liked by customers also cool for ombr with different dilutions although they strike so fast you tend to get lines. No problem with wash. Black and eggplant more like browns (thus 4 stars). Yes expensive but easy and entertaining to use.
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These dyes were very easy to use and the colors are bold and spectacular on silk. I started out with the 6 color .5oz bottle kit (I did not use the black at all). This size bottle doesn't go far so I couldn't dye as many pieces as I'd hoped. But I love the results that I got. I will get larger bottles next time. Looking forward to doing some pastels.
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1 of 2 users found this review helpful.
Extremely limited selection of colors. Overpriced given quantity options.
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These looked great 3:1 dilution on my scarf but after drying I washed in hot water because I wanted to add some fabric softener and the colors all ran. I will try a cold wash next but these leave a bit of a vinegar smell in the fabric so I feel a final rinse is necessary. I'm not sure these can be called instant set if they can't ever be washed safely...
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