Learn About DippyDyes Solid Hand-Dyed Fabrics

If you take a look at the Cotton Solids Collection at www.DippyDyes.com you’ll see lots of items like this: While this is totally clear to me, a light bulb recently went off in my head to remind me that it probably is as clear as a deep navy dye bath to everyone else. Here’s why […]

What to do in a pandemic?

Why, dye fabric, of course! Since early March I have embarked on the latest edition of dyeing solid fabrics in colors not offered by commercial fabric companies. The picture at left shows the samples I dyed of 69 colors. They were all supposed to be shades – pure hues with grey or black added – […]

Tints, tones, and shades

Vivid viola shade in several values

Tints, tones, and shades are some of the basic terms used when talking about color. They can get confusing because sometimes other words are used to mean the same thing. Here’s a quick guide: Tints – a pure color, or hue, that has been made lighter. With paint, this is done by adding white; with […]

The Wonder of One-Touch White Balance

In an effort to provide the best images of my fabric online, I finally learned how to set the white balance feature on my camera correctly. The photographs of solids and my virtual swatch book require the best color rendering possible. Turns out the camera has a super-quick way to set it up. While it […]

Doesn’t everyone use three timers at once?

At DippyDyes, we dye a lot of solid fabric. The easiest way to do this is with a washing machine. For three-yard pieces, a table top washer is ideal. The washer does the stirring for you, because if you want solid fabrics, you must stir. A lot. And then stir some more. Up to 90 […]

Testing, testing

Took a photo of my upgraded methods to test for bleeding.1- fold a piece over and iron between white fabricAnd2- throw a white swatch into the hot wash to look for bleeding in the washer

400 yards in 30 Days – ????

Monday I did something I have never done before – I ordered ten pounds of dye powders from Pro Chemical. Only eleven different colors – I got two pounds of two of the colors, and eight ounces or one pound of the rest. I’m about to embark on a solid adventure – dyeing 400 yards […]