I promised I would show people how I hand dyed thread using procion dyes and the hot water method.
I use procion MX dyes and there is lots of information online on how to mix and use these dyes. I have a list of resources online that teach people to dye and offer recipes
Please make sure you pay attention to and act upon the health and safety advice. Don’t use kitchen equipment that is used for food to dye item in. I have a separate set of pots that I use for dyes. I don’t use any kitchen equipment that is used for food. I never mix the two and don’t think it is advisable to a microwave. If you really want to dye using a microwave oven pick up a cheap second hand one for the sole purpose.
That said, this is what I do.
I have seen all sorts of suggestions to paint thread with dye but I have not had huge success doing this as often you end up with patchy areas of colour. What I do is to use a pot. I mix the dye solution as you would if you were dyeing fabric and treat the thread as you would if you were dyeing fabric.
I dye in two or three lots. After skeining threads into hanks that are suitable to quantities a hand embroiderer would use I then loop them on coat hangers.
I then place the threads in a dye pot draping the section of the hank I want to dye. I dye the thread in boiling dye solution and then wash and let it dry.
I then repeat the process for the next colour on the hank. Each hank has two or three section of colour.
I have found that this produces strong colour and I don’t have too much trouble with patchy areas.
(Sorry about the last photo being a bit of blur – I did not realise that steam was on the lens of the camera!)