Fabdye Kit
Lots of different dyes in the pot......
Fab dye Teddy
.....but I fancy red!

Follow these easy steps for dyeing wool......
Fabdye Kit open
Open the Kit
l Dye
Add water
Pan on stove
Light the gas
Measure Citric Acid Ganules
Add Citric Acid
Stir and bring up to about 50 C
Weigh  Dye (up to 4% of dry wt. of wool)
Add Dye and Stir
Get your pre-soaked wool
Add to the dye bath
Stir again and bring up to simmer
Simmer for at least 45 minutes
Leave to cool, then rinse with cold water
A Fab Dye Job!

White vinegar can be used if you have no Citrifix (citric acid). However, vinegar does smell a bit!

Fab Dye Weights
Due to the dye colours having different densities it is best to weigh them using some accurate scales. However, if you are using a spoon, then this is what 4 grams looks like on a teaspoon, for Black, Yellow and Purple.

 Grey Harris Tweed Jacket FabDye Addittion FabDye to Water
Citrifix Immersing Jacket  Immersed
Rinsing  After Dye and Dry  Jacket on


How to Acid Dye Wool and Other Animal Fibres 

Dyeing wool and other animal fibres at home is easy using acid dyes. While the term 'acid dyes' may sound off putting, it simply means that the water and dye solution needs to be slightly acidic in order to fix the dye permanently to the fibre. New generation acid dyes, such as those from FabDye, work in an extremely mild acid solution and this means that just a small amount of normal household vinegar or citric acid is required.

Types of Fibre to Dye with Acid Dyes

Acid dyes will permanently colour animal fibres. These are also known as protein fibres and includes wool from sheep, as well as a wide range of other fibres such as angora, silk, cashmere and mohair. Acid dyes are perfect for dyeing 'eco'-fibres' such as soy silk or milk protein yarns. Acid dyes will not work with cotton.


How to Dye Using Acid Dyes


The dyeing process is extremely simple and requires little in the way of special equipment. While acid dyes are generally considered safe to use and are not toxic, it is recommended that equipment used for dyeing is not used for food preparation or cooking.  

Equipment required for acid dyeing at home includes: 



While vinegar is widely used with acid dyes, Citrifix from FabDyes is a great alternative. Vinegar can leave a distinctive aroma when it is used to dye wool and yarns. Although this washes out, it can linger in some yarns. Citrifix also will not discolour the dye solution. Unless you use a pure white vinegar, the colour of the vinegar can slightly alter the end colour of the dyed yarns. This isn't a problem with deeper colours, however it can be very apparent on pastel shades. 


Dyeing Wool or Yarn with Acid Dyes


Any undyed wool or yarn that has been spun from protein fibres is suitable for dyeing with acid dyes. The wool will need to be thoroughly soaked before it is dyed. This helps to ensure that the dye solution is evenly dispersed throughout the fibres. Soaking the wool overnight and gently squeezing to remove any air bubbles will ensure that it is thoroughly wet.  

The dyeing process is the same for both unspun wool or fibre such as rovings or tops as well as for spun yarn. The fibres need to be clean and free from grease and dirt before dyeing.  Balls or cones of yarn should be wound into skeins before dyeing. This should then be loosely tied in three or four places to stop the yarn from getting tangled. It is important that this is done loosely otherwise the dye will not take near the ties (this could, however, produce an interesting 'tie-dye' effect).

Dyeing Tips


To dye the yarn or fibres, simply follow the instructions in your FabDye kit. Here are some tips to help you achieve excellent results every time: 

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