Since I am now living in a small flat in London, I have had to change my dye methods to working in a small space. I purchased a couple of crockpots (slow cookers) and these seem to be working quite well. A 3.5 litre crockpot is large enough to dye about 100 – 150 grams of yarn at a time (about 4-6 oz) .
The slow cookers that I purchased are oval in shape and quite shallow. If I had my preference, I would have liked to buy a slightly larger size and possibly a round shape (hoping that the round ones would be deeper, to make it easier to dip dye the yarn)
Also, the magenta or red colour dyes require a higher heat than the cyan or yellow, to absorb properly into the yarn. Crock pots don’t always give a very good high heat, so it is best to heat the water on the stove. The slow cookers that I bought are not able to be used on the stove as well, so I have to use a regular cooking pot for the magenta dyebath.
Basic Steps for Crockpot Dyeing
– Using 3 Prime Colours (cyan, yellow, magenta)
(I use CIBA Acid Dyes) and 2 Crockpots and one regular stove pot – 1 Crockpot for Cyan, 1 for Yellow and Magenta in the stove pot.
Fill the Slow Cookers with Hot Water
Turn the Slow Cookers onto the Hot setting
Add a Tablespoon of Vinegar
Add Dye to the Slow Cooker
If you have a pH tester, the dye bath should be acidic – the pH should be
Books – Dyes and Colour
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Last Updated on July 30, 2020 by Paivi Suomi