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Can I Dye Sheer Curtains?

Can I dye sheer curtains? I would like to find some silver ones to layer with white ones and I am having no luck, so I thought maybe I could dye them. What do you think?
Thanks
Laura

Dear Laura,
Custom dyeing window treatments is one of my specialties. Sheers are especially easy both to dye and to hang and make look good. The thing to keep in mind is that your fabric must be a natural fiber: cotton, rayon, silk, or linen. I have created a lot of beautiful windows with cotton bubble gauze. It takes the dye beautifully, has an interesting texture, and is very inexpensive so you can use a lot of it.
I have not done a lot of grayish-silver in cotton. It is a hard color to get in rayon or silk – it comes out sort of muddy purple. Buy some extra fabric to experiment with. I suggest Dharma Trading Co’s reactive dye in pewter. (You can get the bubble gauze from Dharma, too.)
Another resource which might be sooo much easier is www.tapestria.com. This is a source for decorative fabrics that is available to the trade. They have sheers in every color and lots of textures. You must have a tax id number in order to get things from them. Check around among your friends to see if anyone is set up to assist you with this.
Have fun decorating! I like the idea of your layered colors.
Jennifer

2 Responses to “Can I Dye Sheer Curtains?”

  1. Can I dye 100 percent polyester sheer curtains, specifically, the Lill curtain from IKEA, with any chance of success? Is tea-dyeing a possibility?

    • DizzyLettuce says:

      Hi Teresse,
      You can try tea dyeing. I don’t know how it will work. It certainly won’t be colorfast, but if you are not washing the adheres regularly, it won’t matter. You can’t dye polyester with commonly available dyes. JoAnn does carry a dye for polyester in limited colors. I haven’t used it, so I can’t recommend.
      Have fun,
      Jennifer