| January 1996
Volume 1, Issue 1
Welcome to G&S Dye's first newsletter. When I first started this
project I only had one intention and that was to just jot down a few announcements.
I think it would be out of character and be an injustice if I wasted this
great opportunity to inform, teach, and discuss what is happening in fibre
art in Canada.
As we start our ninth year, we have developed a certain style that is
knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. This extension of help can only improve
with new communication technologies. Besides the phone, fax and post office,
we have recently started communication by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication is wasted if we do not have the answers, not to mention
the products. Our constantly updated information sheets provide the easiest,
newest ways to dye, paint, screen, and marble. In fabrics, we have added
a rayon linen blend, two new cottons, and additional colours in crepe
and charmeuse. Our new easy/safe acid dye (see article) allows us to dye
a wider range of fabrics. We have also improved our book list to provide
up-to-date techniques and styles (see list on back).
I am looking forward to a great year at G&S Dye and together with
your comments we can make it a very colourful year.
This condensed professional dye for Wool, Silk and Nylon with a "No-Hassle"
procedure. Nothing to add. Very little to measure. Lots of fun. Country
Classics is easy, rapid and complete.
The 28 colour Country Classics was formulated expressly for the craftsperson
interested in dyeing wool fibre and wool yarn. Country Classics are also
perfect for redyeing or over-dyeing garments.
All fibre and yarn should be given a hot wash before dyeing to remove
any soil or residual grease. Use 2 teaspoon Lissapol Soap and 2 teaspoons
Sodium Carbonate for 2 pounds (8 x 4 ounce skeins or 900 grams) of wool
yarn in very hot water. Rinse well, squeeze out excess water and set aside
while making dye bath.
For your dyepot, use stainless steel or unchipped enamel pot. Pyrex is
fine for small skeins. Use an amount of water sufficient to cover the
wool. Usually this is 4 to 5 gallons (16 to 20 litres) for two pounds
of wool or 2 to 3 quarts (2 to 3 litres) for a 4 ounce (115 gm) skein.
For 2 pounds of wool use the entire contents of the jar. For 1 pound (454
grams) of wool use half a jar or approximately 71/2 teaspoons. For 4 ounces
of wool use 2 teaspoons of dye. To dissolve, add a small quantity of boiling
water to the dye. Mix well and add to dyebath.
Add the washed wool. Heat slowly to a boil (not a rolling boil) while
moving the yarn intermittently. Dye 20 minutes at a boil and let cool
in the dyepot until room temperature. Remove the wool and rinse well in
warm water. Squeeze out excess water and dry.
Alternate Method: If uniform results are not important, heat the dye bath
to boiling and carefully add dry wool. Boil for 30 minutes while continually
moving the wool. Let the water cool in the dyepot until room temperature.
Remove the wool and rinse well in warm water. Squeeze out excess water
Note: In the rare event that the dyes do not exhaust sufficiently, slowly
add 1/2 cup white vinegar and continue dyeing for 15 minutes longer.
There are 28 colours. Each bottle contains enough to dye
two pounds of fabric. $9.95/each.
|#15 Fluorescent Yellow
||#40 Blue Bonnet
||#75 Blue Spruce
||#43 Slate Blue
||#77 Mountain Aqua
||#50 Bermuda Sand
||#78 China Jade
|#31 Very Hot Pink
||#51 Desert Rose
||#80 Sugar Plum
|#33 Ripe Tomato
||#81 Wild Iris
||#70 Spring Green
||#84 Spring Violet
Notes to Readers
This newsletter is still quite raw. Input to help define its context
and style would be greatly appreciated. Also any comments or sewing pointers
will be very useful. Any published tip will receive a $25 gift certificate.
Questions and Answers
Resist and Gutta
Every silk painter from beginner to seasoned professional has trouble
with resisting. The following are the most common questions.
Q: Resist lines always have a big blob at the beginning and
A: Although quite difficult to avoid, I find that not squeezing
the bottle before and after touching the silk helps. Also testing flow
on a towel removes all air pockets and water before you actually apply
Q: It appears that I've applied resist properly but the dye
still flows thru the line, why?
A: The main reason for this is that the resist or gutta has
not penetrated the silk properly. This problem usually occurs on heavier
fabrics like silk noil, heavy crepe back satins and duppioni's. If this
occurs on lighter fabrics it could mean that the resist is too diluted.
Q: How come my lines are so wide and globby?
A: This is an application problem. G&S Dye carries two
types of applicator tips to make it easier.
Both tips have a slight variation in their application.
(A) When applying resist, make sure bottle is only slightly angled and
squeeze lightly. If applicator gets clogged, DO NOT TRY to unclog by pressing
harder. Lift off and test on towel. Also, do not hover above the silk
while resisting. Make sure you are in contact with fabric.
(B) Same as (A) except the bottle is at a 90o
angle (vertical). Also press into the fabric slightly while applying.
We have started an update drive in our book list. In our continuing effort
to provide the most up to date instructional and pattern books, we have
a 20% off sale on most back list titles (please inquire) to allow room
for new titles.
This is a great opportunity to pick up some great deals on some silk
scarves. For a limited time * we shall have Sale Prices for the following
* sale ends April 30, 1996
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For all other sizes the following is the schedule for discounts (scarf
totals per order)
5 Dozen 5% off*
10 Dozen 10% off*
20 Dozen + 20% off*
* sale items cannot be counted towards scarf totals