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Project

Silk Noil Shawl

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Love the drape and combination of needlefelting and dyeing.

What you will need

  • Silk noil (raw silk) dyed with fiber reactive MX dyes

Q&A with Jane Dunnewold

eliseg asked:
What is the process of drying and setting silk that other dyers talk about. Specifically for silk. Steam setting? How is that done? What is needed?
Jane Dunnewold answered:
Sometimes people use the MX dyes with vinegar as the fixative instead of soda ash. Vinegar can't be effectively batched - it needs higher temperatures to set the dyes. So in that case, people steam by using a microwave (for smaller pieces) or by using a steamer - which is easy to do, but just requires more equipment.