Dyeing the Material
Once the material has been cleaned and prepared with mordant if needed, it is put into warm dye, covering it completely.Tying a piece of string around the material makes it easier to check the colour. Take care not to disturb the wool too much as it simmers so it doesn’t felt and make sure the wool is completely covered to ensure even coverage. Cotton needs to boiled to take on the dye colour and silk needs to be in warm water at a temperature no higher than 71° Celsius. After the colour needed is achieved gently pull out the material and press out the excess water, don’t wring out wool, cotton materials may be wrung out and hang up to dry.
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