effect of adding soda ash to mixture immediately
  • Just wondering instead of pre soaking the fabric in the dye/salt water for 20 minutes, and then adding the soda ash, what is the difference if I just add the soda ash in the beginning and then add the fabric? And continue to stir it for the remaining 50-60 minutes.

    Im just asking because on the test swatches, although they are small, the color came out better when I added them to the salt/dye/soda ash mix and it saved time as compared to adding fabric to salt and dye mix, and soda ash later on.
  • Hello,

    If you are happy with your results using the premix method there is no reason you shouldn't go that way.

    As Paula pointed out, the difference has to do with the way that the fabric takes the dye.