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Perfection Direct Dyes

$3.95

Please select your colors below; we have 40 colors to choose from! Great for Basketry, Cotton and other Plant Fibers. 1/2 ounce jars.

.5 oz
American Beauty

Black

Blue

Bright Green

Bronze Green

Burgundy

Buttercup Yellow

Canary

Cardinal

Copenhagen Blue

Crimson

Dark Brown

Dark Gray

Dark Green

Egyptian Red

Gold

Green

Hunter Green

Khaki Drab

Lavender

Light Blue

Light Brown

Mint Green

Navy Blue

Orange

Peacock

Pink

Plum

Purple

Rose

Rust

Scarlet

Silver Gray

Taupe

Terra Cotta

Turquoise

Turquoise Blue

Violet

Wild Rose

Yellow

Perfection Direct Dyes

$3.95

Please select your colors below; we have 40 colors to choose from! Great for Basketry, Cotton and other Plant Fibers. 1/2 ounce jars.

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For many years Cushing’s Perfection Dye was a “union” type dye, designed to be suitable for a variety of plant, animal and synthetic fibers. In response to the changing availability of raw materials and to increase the effectiveness and ease of use of our dyes, we reformulated them into two types, acid and direct. Acid dyes are suitable for wool, mohair, and nylon. Direct dyes are the better choice for cottons and cellulose materials, plus linen and rayon. Silk dyes best with one type or the other, depending on the particular characteristics of the silk.

Each 1/2 oz. jar contains enough dye for dying approximately 2 pounds of material. Use more or less for deeper or paler results. Start by thoroughly wetting out the goods to be dyed with warm water. Wash out any sizing or fabric treatment. Dissolve the dye in 1 cup of boiling water and set aside.

Prepare your dye bath by drawing clean water into a stainless steel, glass, or enamel vessel in such quantity as to completely cover the material with room enough to allow for the liquid to circulate. Heat the vessel and allow your dye bath to simmer.

Dissolve 4 ounces of common salt for each pound of material into the vessel and add the dissolved dye that had been set aside. Introduce the material to be dyed to the vessel and bring to a simmer again. Continue simmering for 20 minutes, all the while stirring and agitating to insure even dyeing.

Use an after-wash for best colorfastness. Prepare after-wash by dissolving 4 ounces of common salt for each pound of material and 1 cup of white vinegar in cool water in a separate container. A plastic pail works nicely.

Remove the dye vessel from heat and rinse material in the after-wash. Let dry and enjoy the colors.

Have fun and enjoy your results!

NOTE: Our direct dyes are simple chemicals – the chemistry of using them is complex. These directions are given in good faith, but no warranty is expressed or implied. Test dye prior to committing the finish material. Since we do not have control over the use of our dye we must disclaim any liability for unsatisfactory results.

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