APPLYING THE DYE
Natural dyes can be applied to fiber in two ways:
1. Immersion dyeing: Immersing the yarn or fabric in the dye liquid. Natural dyes can be used for ikat, batik and tie-dye.
2. Direct application: Applying color to fabric or paper by painting, printing, stenciling, and any other method that involves directly applying color to yarn, fabric, or paper.
The dyes can be used straight, diluted with water or mixed together to make additional colors. For the deepest colors it is best to apply the dye in separate applications, drying after each application. For immersion dyeing it is not necessary to dry the yarn after each dip.
The amount of applications depend on the depth, hue and value of color wanted. The dye from the first extraction is usually a nice clear color. The colors from the other extractions are sometimes a little grey due to the release of tannin from bark, wood, leaves and other substances with a high tannin content.