I tried out microwave dyeing for a project for school, so I was on a tight time constraint. As a result, I tried microwave dyeing instead of the regular boil / steam your textiles in a pot of dye kind of thing.
I had briefly heard that it was possible, but could not find any information on the world wide web, so I just winged it. It kind of worked though! Here’s how I did it -
- Have wool soaked in dye bath in a microwave safe container
- Place in microwave with lid loosely on (it can be shut if there’s a ventilation hole on the lid). Heat on high for 3 minutes.
- Let rest (3-12 minutes)
- Repeat until you’ve heated it a total of 3 times of 3 minutes each.
- Let cool naturally, before rinsing and using your dyed textile! I left mine overnight to be really sure they were cooled all the way.
Remember not to shock wool by changing its surrounding temperatures drastically as it will case felting.
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