Burch Cotton Fabric

June 27, 2006 by  
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Can I tie-dye with Procion Dyes?

Will the colour stay as it would if I were to use a Dylon Dye?

I really want to tie-dye some old cotton and canvas clothes of mine, and I was about to buy some Dylon over the internet when I remembered that I have some jars filled with procion dye in my room which my art teacher gave me. I remember her saying to be careful not to get the dye on my clothes because it would stain, and I also remember having multicoloured hands for a few days after I'd used them.

Would I be able to tie dye with these?

Yes, absolutely. Depending upon the color the fabric is already, your results may vary. You may need to pre-treat the fabric with sodium carbonate (soda ash) or other chemical to alter the pH of the water.

Here's a good site on Hand Dyeing: http://www.pburch.net/dyeing.shtml

Safety first! Remember to wear proper respiratory protection and waterproof gloves. Prepare dye in a non-drafty area. Procion dyes are a finely divided powder, and can get in the air if mishandled. (Your art teacher should have provided this information to you.) Generally believed to be non-toxic, my instructors always wore filter masks and avoided skin contact with the unreacted powder.

From Dyeing Naturally and Sustainably in the Southwest by Carrie L. Redfern
Procion dyes were designed to permanently dye cellulose fibers (plant-based fibers) such as cotton, linen, ramie, hemp, viscose rayon, jute, paper, wood, basket reed, and silk, at room temperature. Procion dyes can also be used on animal protein fibers, such as wool, by using acid at a rolling boil or with steam (Pro Chemical & Dye Inc. 2001). About two ounces of Procion dye powder can be used to dye 10-15 cotton t-shirts. Procion MX is, however, a fine dye powder and repeated inhalation has been found to cause an allergic reaction in some people (Burch 2001; Dharma Trading Co. 2001; Walter 1989). Some colors contain faint traces of formaldehyde and/or copper, which in California, requires they have a special warning label (Dharma Trading Co. 2001). Although the dyes are not believed to be absorbed through the skin, it is recommended that dyers wear rubber gloves (Walter 1989). Procion MX dyes are usually not recommended for use by pregnant women, or use around children and/or pets.

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