A dye designed for nylon and polyester lace, buttons, beaded fringe (composite) and pearls. Ozepol is for man-made trims only.I began my first acrylic dyeing 'experiments' before Christmas using the following tools:
- Ozepol dyes - full range [9 colours]
- white Panda Carnival yarn 8 ply 100g skeins
- swift: for re-skeining and for turning finished skeins into balls
- plastic measuring jug and a set of measuring spoons
- for 'cooking': coffee jars, a microwave proof plastic dish, cling wrap and plastic shopping bags
- an old towel - for removing the hot jar from the microwave and cleaning up spills
- ice cream container - for carrying wet yarn to and from the laundry and for catching the excess dye when squeezed out of the yarn
My first experiments were a bit 'hit and miss'. The yarn was often crinkled and, at first, I thought it was due to the application of heat. But not so!
Here [in chronological order] is what I have learnt so far:
- Heating the dye then leaving yarn to steep doesn't work - the yarn doesn't take up any dye at all by this method. The same also applies for the 'hot pour' method.
- Scrunching too much yarn into too little space in the heating vessel results in yarn with lots of kinks. These can be be stretched out somewhat but not successfully removed.
- Removing the yarn from the jar too soon results in thin, knobbly yarn. The yarn must be left in the dyeing liquid and allowed to cool to room temperature - this way it plumps up again as it sucks up a little more dye. Leaving it for several hours therefore results in a very slightly darker tint!
- Dye doesn't come off on your hands, therefore excess dye can be squeezed out of the cooled yarn without the use of gloves!
- Using wet yarn only results in the dye solution being weakened and potential damage to the wet yarn outside the solution - I only dye part of a skein at a time as I'm making variegated yarns.
- Using a shallow container, such as a dish, results in the yarn at the base taking up much more dye than the yarn at the top. This might be solved by making up more dye solution but I found it easier just to go back to my coffee jar!
- Cooking acrylic yarn in the microwave results in the smell of molten plastic and may also give off toxic fumes - I'm waiting for a comment from the yarn manufacturers on this.
- Most successful methodology:
- mix dye solution [5ml dye:250ml water] in coffee jar
- place jar in plastic shopping bag, tie off loosely
- heat 1 min in microwave - i.e just short of boiling point; this will vary from microwave to microwave
- untie plastic bag carefully; insert dry yarn - push it down with a plastic spoon
- tie bag off
- heat in microwave another 30 seconds
- remove carefully from microwave and remove plastic bag
- allow to stand until dye 'solution' is at room temperature
- rinse yarn, spin in washing machine, hang to dry naturally - don't use the dryer!
My opinion at this stage: As long as I remember that I will only get pastel tints, results for effort = 6/10