Dyed Alpaca Project

Alpaca is another natural material that can be dyed with Tintex. It is collected from an alpaca and the fibres can be spun. Alpaca is warm and is more suitable for people with sensitive skin because it is not prickly or itchy like wool may be. You can use the hand dyeing technique for this material. 

Dyed Alpaca Assessories

Hand Dyeing Method

  1. Prepare fabric by washing and leaving damp. 

  2. Wear rubber gloves to prevent dye from staining your skin; if needed, protect work area with plastic.

  3. Fill a bucket/stainless steel sink with enough very hot water (do not use hot tap water) so your material will be completely submerged. 

  4. Add 2 packages (adjust amount as needed) of Tintex powder to 2 cups (500ml) of very hot water (use water heated in a kettle) stirring gently until completely dissolved.

  5. Add mixed dye solution to the hot water in the sink or bucket and mix carefully. 

  6. Add the fabric and carefully move the material around in the water for a minimum of 30 minutes. Darker or brighter colours can stay in dye bath for up to 60 minutes *Dye colour always looks darker while wet.

  7. Remove fabric and gently squeeze the excess dye out. Do not wring fabric. Rinse material with cool water until the water runs clear.

  8. Clean your workstation thoroughly as soon as possible after dyeing.

  9. Wash fabric in warm water with laundry detergent, alone or with similar colours.


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