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Immersion Dyeing using Sabraset/Lanaset Dyes

Please read directions carefully before starting.

This unique Sabraset range of dyes for silk, wool and nylon is made up of very intense 1:2 metal complex and reactive dyes of extremely high washfastness and good to excellent light fastness. In addition, sparkling shades make these an excellent choice for the craftsman who requires the utmost in permanent colors. These directions are based on dyeing one pound (454 gm) of fiber, just increase or decrease the amounts proportionately. Always do test samples before working on a large project. For additional information visit our website at www.prochemical.com

Sabraset dye
Citric Acid Crystals or white distilled vinegar
Sodium Acetate Crystals
Albegal SET


1. Wet out the fiber by measuring tsp (2.5 ml) Synthrapol in 2 gallons (10 liters) of warm 110EF (44EC) water, for each pound (454 gm) of fiber. Soak for at least 30 minutes. This penetrates the oils.

2. Dissolve the dye. Measure the desired amount of dye powder, from the chart below, into a

2 cup (500 ml) Pyrex container. Dissolve the dye powder with 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water for pale and medium shades; use 2 cups (500 ml) of boiling water to dissolve dark shades and black. Stir thoroughly and set aside to cool while making the dye bath.






Dye Powder

tsp (1 gm)

1 tsp (4.5 gm)

3 tsp (9 gm)

10 tsp (25 gm)

3. Make the dye bath by pouring 3 gallons (14 liters) of room temperature 75o to 95oF (24o to 35oC) water into a stainless steel or unchipped enamel pot. The pot should be large enough to allow the fiber to move freely without spilling the dye bath. Add the following items, stirring thoroughly after the addition of each one.

Dissolved dye from Step #2

1 Tbl (18 gm) Citric Acid Crystals
or 11 Tbl (165 ml) white distilled vinegar
4 tsp (18 gm) Sodium Acetate Crystals
5 tsp (34 gm) salt
1 tsp (4.5 gm) Albegal SET

NOTE: Leftover dissolved dye can be stored for a minimum of 6 months.

4. Add the fiber. Squeeze out the excess water from your fiber and add it to the dye bath. Stir gently for 3 to 5 minutes to uniformly distribute the dye. Gradually raise the temperature to a boil, over a 40 to 45 minute period. Stir fiber every 2 to 3 minutes, while raising the dyeing temperature. Stir intermittently for 60 minutes. If you are dyeing silk, raise the temperature only to 185EF (85EC) and maintain this temperature for the 60 minutes. Do not go above 185EF (85EC) or you may damage the silk.

5. Rinse the fiber. Allow the dye bath to cool to room temperature. Then remove the fiber and rinse it well in warm water. Squeeze out the excess water and air dry.

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