What is the next step after Dynaflow?
  • I have been using dynaflow and love it! I have started dying large pieces for making garments. What is the next step (product) that is easy to use (no mixing) but will give brighter results on Non silk fabrics?

  • Hi,
    You could try some of our dyes. We have Procion MX and Acid Dyes. MX can be used on cotton, wool, linen and silk; pretty much any natural fiber. It is a cold-water dye and can be used without steaming. Acid dye is great on wool, nylon feathers and silk. It is a hot water dye and if used as paint will require steaming. Here are the links to the instructions for both dyes and our steaming instructions are below.

    - Procion MX Instructions

    - Acid Dye Instructions


    Steaming requires more time, but the color yield is very intense. There are commercial steamers available or smaller pieces can be steamed at home with the following method. You will need a large pot with a rack that fits inside, white newsprint, masking tape, and aluminum foil.

    Roll the fabric in newsprint, making sure there is a layer of paper between each roll of fabric. The paper should extend a few inches beyond the fabric on either end of the roll.
    When all the fabric has been rolled, wrap newsprint around the bundle a few extra times. Secure the roll by taping length of roll. Coil gently to a size that will fit into the pot. Tape securely.
    Place rack into the pot. Pour water to a level that is well below the bottom of the rack. Make sure top of rack is dry and place bundle on the rack.

    Shape a piece of aluminum foil into a dome and place it over the bundle for protection. This will keep condensation from dripping on the silk. Make sure neither the packet nor the foil touches the sides of the pot.
    Cover the pot with the lid. Place the pot on the stove and bring water to a boil. Reduce the heat but keep it high enough to produce steam. Steam the packet for 1 hour. Allow packet to cool. Unwrap the silk and rinse in cool water to remove excess dye. Lay flat to dry and you're done.

  • Celia, I'm afraid the largest pot I have (which is pretty large) would run out of water if I kept it steaming for an hour. Can you add water as you go along? I have a gas stove and low heat is sometimes a little difficult to maintain.
  • Hi,
    You want to seal the lid. Use some towels or paper under the lid to prevent all of the water from evaporating. You can add water if needed but the fabric must steam for at least an hour in total. Don't get the bundle wet before it is fixed or you'll ruin it.