The only way I like to dye is using the low water immersion technique which is because I like a lot of mottling in my pieces. It is easy to do a whole piece evenly you just have to follow the directions on the package which requires a lot of stirring so the color stays even. This time I dyed 3 pieces in 2 different colors. I used one piece of tea dyed linen (would have preferred white but they don't carry white 28ct linen) and two pieces of white cotton evenweave. The linen is Charles Craft and the evenweave is MCG Textiles. When dying fabric you want to stay with natural fibers as they will give the best result.
To start off with it's recommended you wash your fabric. I don't as I buy it new and I know they don't use any chemicals in the processing (or if they have then they still dye fine). You want to get your fabric nice and damp. I just run it under the faucet and wring out the excess. Then I leave it in a ball and toss it in a double plastic grocery bag (yay recycling!). Once it's in the ball you want to leave it that way for the rest of the dyeing process.
After your 20 minutes are up you'll want to separate you'll want to separate your fabric depending on what colors you'll use. Using gloves take out each ball of fabric and wring it out keeping it in the ball shape and put it in a separate bag for each color. DO NOT RINSE THE FABRIC!
I did the red first and used quite a bit of dye powder because I wanted to make sure I didn't have pink fabric since it's for a Christmas pattern I'm stitching. I always use about 1 1/2 cups of water for my dye. Both of the brands I use ask for 4 tablespoons of salt for the whole pack so I use about 1 tablespoon per dye solution. Now for the red I ended up using about 3 tablespoons of dye. You want to have steaming hot water as well so I use the Keurig again.
I did the same process with the blue.
When I came back to rinse I didn't see much difference.
If you're on the fence about dyeing your fabric I say go ahead and go for it. It's really not hard and very inexpensive. I've dyed about 10 pieces of fabric so far and have only gone through half of my soda ash and still have plenty of dye left in all of my packets. I'd say you can probably get about 7 pieces of fabric out of each dye pack. It's also not nearly as time consuming as I thought. Most of the time is just sitting around waiting for it. And if you don't like what you created there is such a thing as dye remover so you can just use that and start all over again! Although I've never actually hated a piece I've made. I hope I helped some of you in your decision to dye or at the very least kept you entertained.
It will be a while before I stitch on the designs these pieces are intended for but my next stitching will be on some I dyed previously. Hope to see you there!
Can you dye with all the colors of the wind? ;)