I soaked the fabric in hot, hot salt water for a few minutes before scrunching it in a container. One yard per container.
I used squirt bottles to apply the dye and turned it over once to make sure I had good coverage.
The dye was mixed at one Tbsp of dye powder to one cup of water.
I waited for 10-15 minutes and then poured soda ash over the fabric, pressing slightly to make sure it reached all the fabric.
I left the containers alone for 12 hours and then I microwaved them for 2 minutes on high.
I washed out with cool water, hot water and then hot water and synthropol.
The colors were more intense than I usually get in these temps but not as intense as when I lived in Waikoloa where it was always between 80-90 degrees in my dye area. When dyeing in Waikoloa I used no salt and only room temperature water. The rest of the process was the same.
So I need to do some more experimenting to see if I can improve on the intensity of the color in these temperatures.
Here are some of the results from yesterday:
Stay tuned for the results of overdyeing a piece I had already treated with Retayne.