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I know this is hard to answer without actually seeing the color I need or the one I am starting with, but I am trying to get as close as I can to a medium olive green, and the color sheet I am starting out could probably be described as med. yellow green. I got this color by dying a white sheet with dark green and golden yellow….Do you have any suggestions on what color I could use to try and get to the olive green? This is not a major problem, but I would like to stay with the bedspread I am trying to match, and any shade of olive green will work….Thank you for any help you can give me…Debbie

Dear Deb,
If you are using Rit dye, I can’t help you much. I am unfamiliar with their colors. If you are using the reactive dyes, they have one which is called olive green and should be close to what you are looking for. Another factor is the fiber content of your sheet. If it is half polyester, it will take the dye at about half strength.
Here’s how I do it when I want a particular color. Stare hard at the color and try to figure out how much blue, how much green, how much black, and how much yellow you want there. (Sometimes you have to look for red too, but olive doesn’t have much if any red in it.) In my experience, olive has a lot of gray in it. You could try re-dyeing the sheet with the same green you used plus some charcoal gray.
The very worst scenario would be that you create a color you hate. Then you can get another sheet, reactive dye in olive, some soda ash and salt, and learn more about dyeing.
have fun,
Jennifer

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