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Vinegar baths and dyeing fleece in the grease
April 8, 2014
4:25 pm
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Could anyone tell me what the vinegar bath after dyeing does?  Does it set color?  I also wonder if it conditions the dyed fleece and make it softer.  When I have washed fleece (in Dawn, the dishwater soap), it feels stiff when it dries.  I have some wonderful blue faced leicester, and when I washed a bit, the locks felt stiffer than before.  I just read the blog entry on dyeing and it calls for a little vinegar in the rinse water….


And dyeing in the grease.  i’d like to hear from anyone who’s done this.  Also, I’m getting a triple picker and wondering if I will harm the picker if run clean but lanolin rich locks through it….

May 27, 2015
4:55 am
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I have read that acid dyes or vinegar, which are used to color protein fibers such as wool and nylon, require a mildly acidic pH to form a permanent bond to the fiber.

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