I have had some experience tie-dyeing at a workshop where the dye solution was already provided. I have now just received my very own Drimarene K dye powder so I am ready to make up my first dye solution for Tie Dyeing.
I have read numerous articles on tie-dyeing and watched the Tie Dye 101 series of DVDs and am still a little confused. I see that most tie-dyers use the Procion MX dyes. However, I have chosen the Drimarene K for its lasting ability once made up.
My first question is - Do I need to be using Urea and Powdered Kelp to add to the dye pre-mix solution? We are using rainwater so I don't believe that we need to use a commercial water softener as our water is already soft.
My second question is - Why are items of clothing sometimes soaked in Soda Ash solution immediately prior to dyeing and others soaked, then let to dry before being dyed?
Thank you for any advice you can offer from your own experience.