Hand Painting on Cellulose Sliver
Begin heating water in an enamel or stainless steel pot, put in a tablespoon of Synthropol or Dawn liquid detergent. Put the sliver (about 4 oz) in a mesh bag and submerge it in the water. Simmer for 15 to 30 minutes.
2. MIX DYES
While the sliver is simmering, mix your dyes using the recipes below. Always wear a mask while handling the dye powder. Gloves are also advisable.
For basic colors mix 1/4 tsp. of dye powder to 3 1/2 oz. water.
*For green mix 1/4 tsp. of yellow and 1/16 tsp. of blue or turquoise.
*For orange mix 1/4 tsp. of yellow and 1/16 tsp. of red or fuchsia.
*For purple mix 1/8 tsp. of blue or turquoise and 1/8 tsp. of red or fuchsia.
*Mix each of the above with 3 1/2 oz. of water for a strong color. Dilute with more water for lighter colors.
Soak sliver in clear tap water and press out most of the water.
4. SOAK IN SALT WATER.
For strong colors, mix one half cup of salt to 1 gallon of warm water and let the wet sliver set in the salt water for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze out as much of the salt water solution as possible, lay the sliver out on a table covered with thick plastic and a couple layers of newspaper.
5. SODA ASH (sodium carbonate)
Mix 1/4 cup soda ash to 3/4 cup of very hot water. Shake and stir until it is dissolved.
6. MIX SODA ASH SOLUTION WITH LIQUID DYE MIXTURE..
Add 1 oz. of the soda ash solution to 3 1/2 oz. of dye solution. Do this when you are ready to apply the dye to the sliver. Fiber reactive dyes remain fairly much inert until they have been dissolved in an alkaline solution. Within an hour the activated solution begins to lose potency .
7. APPLY COLOR
Using a squirt bottle, syringe or sponge brush, apply the dye to the areas of the sliver you want colored. Wear gloves and old clothes. Note; the wetter the sliver, the more the colors will dilute and run together. You can even pat the sliver with a towel before starting to apply the dye.
8. LEAVE ON THE DYE
for 45 minutes or longer. Cover yarn with plastic if the dyes begin drying out too soon, especially in the hot, dry desert air.
9. RINSE & SIMMER
Rinse the dyed sliver in tap water, simmer as in step #1 with Synthropol or Dawn for 15 minutes. This sets the dye.
in tap water and DRY on a screen or toweling outside in the “sunshine”! Enjoy your beautiful colors!