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Ceil
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Posted - 06/07/2014 :  08:57:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just saw this on PBS today: to set dye, use not regular salt but Epsom salts. Maybe this is the answer to yarn that bleeds a lot.

Ceil
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Shelia
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Posted - 06/08/2014 :  06:52:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Epsom salt will not set dye. Glauber's salt is used in fiber reactive (plant and non-protein) dyeing to increase the dye take-up, and can be used as a leveling agent in acid dyeing. I've seen a couple of people use Epsom salt as a leveling agent, but even common table salt can be used for that purpose.

Dyeing differs from one fiber type to another, there is no magic about Epsom salt.

Shelia
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 06/08/2014 :  10:47:11 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Shelia, what's a leveling agent? I have a growing interest in dyeing.

Robinsteph

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Shelia
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Posted - 06/09/2014 :  06:18:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A leveling agent is something that causes a slight slowing of the dye take-up so that it is absorbs more evenly throughout the fiber or fabric. It "levels" the color, in other words.

Dyeing can be an addictive wormhole, Robinstephanie!

Shelia
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 06/10/2014 :  08:28:54 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ahhh, thanks Shelia!

And yeah, it's a wormhole I'm hovering over, trying to decide if I want to jump in or not. I got the Dharma yearly catalog a few months back, cause I'd ordered some small thing from them, and I just about lost my hat looking at the dyeing materials. I had no idea.

So, it's just like the wormhole of knitting, which lead me to spinning, which lead me to processing my own fiber, which lead me to possibly weaving and dyeing. Any ONE of those skills could take a lifetime to truly master, but gad, I just cannot.get.enough.textile.

True confession: I already bought some little samples of jacquard acid dyes! I got some silk at a stash sale for SUPER cheap, and I figured what the H, I'm experimenting.

Robinsteph

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 06/10/2014 :  08:31:11 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ceil, I'm curious what PBS program you saw the epsom salt thing on. Do you recall?

Robinsteph

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