dying curly yadeno mohair
  • hi.. im a vision impaired dollmaker who has never dyed anything at all. i have small amounts (1 ounce bags) of light colored curly yadeno mohair that i would like to dye bright colors. i heard that i could possibly use jacquard acid dyes. the locks are approximately 3-5 inches long so i would not need large amounts of dye.. in addition i would like to attempt verigated colors if possible... is it possible to apply the dye with a brush to the locks of mohair? how would you suggest i dye these small amounts? thanks so much in advance..... tonya
  • Hello,

    You can make a paint out of the acid dye and brush the color onto the wool then steam it. Otherwise I would suggest dyeing them in small batches using the stove top method. see below for instructions and links.

    Celia

    Acid Dyes ForPainting:
    Add 8 oz. (1 cup) of very hot water to one .5 oz. Acid Dye Powder. Stir until dissolved. This will yield a very concentrated dye solution. Most colors require further dilution. Note: every color has a different solubility. Some colors are difficult to dissolve such as 605 and 618, but most are easily dissolved. The final concentration of the dye solution for painting should be between 4 and 8%. Start by adding 4 oz. (1/2 cup) of water to the 8 ounces you already have, test the color and continue adding water until desired shade is achieved. Keep in mind that the color intensity really develops in the steam setting process. Most colors will remain stable in solution for a long period of time. However, some colors will fall out of solution upon cooling or from sitting for a matter of weeks. To restore them simply heat them on the stove. A small amount of alcohol (about 1 tablespoon) can be added to the dye solution as a wetting agent.

    http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/equipment/stovetopsteamer/instructions.php

    http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/instructions1.php


    Celia
  • hi celia... thanks so much for responding... i read the instructions for both of the links you provided and they are very informative!!

    i suspect that neither will work for the small amounts that i would be dying .. i definately cant wash them in my washing machine
    im not sure about using steam..(wonder if it would felt?) but will try the steam with one of the bags and cross my fingers thanks again tonya