It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything with Procion fiber-reactive dyes, the commercial dyes used to give cloth bright colors. I wanted some new hand-dyed shirts, and the best way to get them is to dye them myself!
My recollection is that Procion dyes are messy to work with, but it turns out that they’re way less messy than poured latex paint. The cleanup is a lot easier, too, and that was a happy surprise.
I used the scrunch dye method, where the shirts get scrunched up in a bucket and the dyes are poured over them. When it works well, it gives pretty crystal-like patterns.
Sometimes I use unusual color combinations, like ultraviolet and yellow or electric blue and orange. The colors mix and create interesting tertiary colors.
After 24 hours I took the shirts out of the buckets, rinsed out the dye, and washed them. Here are some of the results:
Hmmm . . . more white than I was expecting and some of the colors are too pale. I may have to do some over-dyeing. Stay tuned!
What have you been doing just for yourself lately? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,