It is a huge big aluminium pot. Unfortunately it has never been the bearer of a Spicy Briyani or Aromatic Curry. But... it has helped me to brew up all sorts of colourful concoctions. Half of my wardrobe has had it’s colour enhanced.
It started with some tired white shirts and a new direction on my wardrobe's life, when my friend, image consultant Fay Coleman convinced me that I had been wearing the wrong colours for my skin tone. I could not buy an entirely new set of clothes overnight - so I quickly learnt to dye the ones I had. Now I'm hooked!
Let me tell you how I do it! Remember that Natural Fabrics take up colour best and are the easiest to dye.
Firstly, I fill my pot with boiling water and add the hot water dye and salt.
Then I place the wet items in the pot. I use my pasta spoon to gently grip the clothing as I turn and stir.
I always make sure that there is plenty of water in the pot so that the items are able to move freely. The fabric must be stirred almost continuously for about 20 mins. Don't allow to stand in the pot, because it will dye unevenly. It really is worth setting the time aside.
Then I remove the clothing from the pot, rinse and wash at a slightly hotter temperature than I normally use. This helps to ensure that other garments are not stained by the newly dyed item in the wash!
It's addictive! Once you start - you can't stop!