fabric dye recipe

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ckquilter wrote
on 31 Mar 2013 4:19 AM

hi pokey

i was watching the program the other day on pbs. you were dyeing fabric. and gave a formula or the amount needed for a 12 inch square of fabric.

then said that to dye a 24 inch square - you would need to double the recipe.  just to remind you - that is incorrect. a 24 inch square has a surface a 4 times larger than a 12 inch square.  and you would need to make 4 times the recipe of dye to obtain the same color and value for a 24 inch square  as for the 12 inch square.                                                       ckquilter

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on 2 Apr 2013 3:41 PM

Good catch, ckquilter.  Thank you!

Kristine Lundblad,
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AdrieneB wrote
on 8 Apr 2013 11:12 AM

The amount of dye is usually based on the weight of the fabric to be dyed, (OWG) not the surface area. 

Well, I'm not sure what process you're referring to, if you're painting rather than immersion dyeing, then the surface area calculation may be correct.

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ckquilter wrote
on 9 Apr 2013 2:20 AM
hi adriene even if the dye process is based on weight of the fabric - a 24" square will weigh 4 times as much as a 12"square . and thus to achieve the same color, and intensity of color - for a 24" square you need 4 times as much dye as for a 12" square. ckquilter
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