Wednesday is my normal dyeing day so it seems a good time to ask a question of those of you who are also dyers. Well, two questions actually.
Do you filter your dyes after you mix the powders into liquid?
If you do, what do you use for filter material?
I have tried coffee filters and pantyhose. The coffee filters are way to dense in my opinion although I know dyers who use them very successfully.
I have been using pantyhose but my supply is running out and I don't have access to more free ones. I think they make great filters but I needed to find something else.
One day I was looking around my dye studio and saw the supply of screen printing fabric. It makes a perfect filter! Because I only use the pure dye colors and black (11 colors), I could cut 11 filters, label them and reuse them without worrying about any cross contamination from different dyes. I have each one labeled with the color name and keep them hanging on a drying rack near by. When I need to filter the dye I fold it into a funnel and can easily pour my dye from the mixing container to the bottle.
How do you filter your dyes?