Slipstream Fabric Dye
Slipstream Fabric Dye for use on natural fibers.
Slipstream fiber reactive dyes is a range of high quality dyes for use on natural fibers. This product offers superior quality compared to most commercial dyes found in stores and will provide you with a professional, vibrant end product.
Please read below information carefully:
How Much Fabric Can You Dye With A Sachet Of Dye?
This is like asking “How long is a piece of string?” and will depend on the
following factors : How much fabric do you wish to dye? How thick is it? What
is the fabric made of? What shade of colour do you want? What technique do
you plan to use?
– Mix the powders with 2 liters of hot water for the strongest colour.
– For soft pastel colours, mix the dye powders with 100 liters of water.
– When using submerged techniques, it will dye whatever fabric the fluid can
cover. Different fabrics are different weights and widths. You can dye 20
meters of chiffon silk in the same fluid that you use for 1 meter of heavy
– When using techniques where you dip the fabric, the dye will go further.
– Syringe techniques will use varying quantities.
What Fabric Can You Dye With Slipstream Dye?
– Slipstream dye works best on natural plant fibers.
– These include cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo.
– Examples include T-shirting, towelling, denim, corduroy, cotton velvet,
chambre, muslin, poplin, seedcloth, calico, twill, drill…
– Poly/cotton blends will give varying results and pastel shades.
– You can dye animal fibers like silk, leather and wool. We recommend shorter
exposure times to avoid damaging the fibre. Over-exposure of habotai silk will
strip the sheen.
Is The Dye Colour-Fast?
If used according to our specifications, the colours we use are robust and fast
over many washes. Colours are bright, vibrant and lasting, and can withstand
regular laundering conditions.
Do You Need Consistent Colour Across Many Pieces?
We cannot guarantee colour consistency of your end product colour because
there are so many variables that affect the outcome. These include…
• choice of base cloth including fibre, colour and surface treatments
• your process and whether it efficiently met the heating requirements of
• water quality
• variable dye supply (Our suppliers shop around.)
– The colour that we suggest on the box is merely a guideline of what you can
expect if you use the dye in optimum conditions on a white 100% cotton base
– We recommend that you test a small swatch of the actual fabric that you are
going to use to check both colour and methodology before you start.
– Where colour consistency is important, please use meticulous methodology
for best results. Also purchase enough Slipstream dye for the whole project
so that you have dye from the same batch for the whole job.
Is It A Hot Or A Cold Dye?
When reactive dyes were first developed, they discovered that there were two
distinct trends in the chemistry.
– Trend 1 : the dye requires boiling to be colour-fast. They called it “Hot”.
– Trend 2 : the dye does not require boiling to be colour-fast. They called it
– This seems logical, only…a cold reactive dye works best at 65-70 degrees.
– Slipstream dye works best at 65-70 degrees.
Can you re-use Slipstream Dye?
– The chemistry is most efficient right at the start where all the chemicals go in,
and then the reaction tapers off over time. It tapers off over quite a long
period of time and you can certainly re-use the dye a second and even a third
time. Each time that you use it the colour will be more pastel and your
textures will become softer.
– There is no need to add more chemicals once all the powders in the packs
are in the fluid. Re-heating the dye the second time around can improve
results, as can longer exposure times. I have left fabrics in recycled dye for up
to three weeks and I got beautiful results. Do not be afraid to leave the fabric
in the fluids for a longer period of time.
– Just remember that if you want to manage the outcome and get a perfect
colour, you can only do so with fresh dye. When using dye that has stood for
a period, the result will be a variable. I quite enjoy working with recycled dye
because I look forward to the surprise of the colour that comes out of the
dyebath. You never quite know what it will be.
– Re-using your dye is a great way to achieve graded shades of a similar colour
that go from dark to light, especially for quilters.
What Is In A Box Of 1?
– You will find a pair of gloves and an apron in the box to protect your clothing
– We add instructions for use (in case you do not have a copy of Contemporary
Dyecraft / Eietydse Kleurkuns).
– We include best practice tips for waste disposal.
– We include a sachet of dye, a sachet of salt and a sachet of soda ash
– The coloured ribbon around the box indicates the colour inside. Do not expect
an exact colour-match. The ribbon is simply a guideline. Different fabric base
cloths will result in variances of shade and it is impossible for us to claim an