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Cotton/Polyester – White To Red

Is there anything I can use to dye a white cotton/polyester mix jacket to bright red? Thanks Nadia Dear Nadia, No, you can’t get it to bright red, although you might be able to get it to pale red or pink. Please read my article on Fabric Dyeing 101 for more information. Write back if you have more questions! best, Jennifer …

Restoring Color

Jennifer, is there any way to restore color to a special printed hanky that has been left in bleach a little too long. It didn’t affect some colors but some black color has faded. I suppose it is irreversible. Yours truly, Dot Dear Dot, I don’t know any way to restore it. Sorry. Jennifer …

Leather Dyeing

I have a DKNY leather purse and I am not crazy about the pale pink color and would like to change it to a dark chocolate. The tag reads as follows: color code/159, color/pale and ‘distressed nappa’ is printed on it as well. I am not sure if ‘distressed nappa’ describes the leather but, it is very smooth, soft and supple. On close inspection of the leather it appears to be painted. There appe…

Dyeing Linen Dress

How can I dye a linen dress that says wash in cold water and the dye says use very hot water to dye? Thanks, Bonnie Hi Bonnie, please read my article on Fabric Dyeing 101 for basic information. Write back if you have more questions! best, Jennifer …

Vintage Painted Tees

Hi, I would like to know what types of paints could be used for shirts. The new hip styles are vintage painted tees, and I would like to create some of my own. What type of paint do they use? Joel Dear Joel, go to www.dharmatrading.com and have a fun time. They carry all kinds of paints for fabric and supply a lot of information on how to achieve the effect you want. best, Jennifer …

Prevent Shedding

Hi Andy — always enjoy reading your Q&A. Happened to notice the question about storing angora sweaters. The best way, believe it or not, is in the fridge; prevents shedding and keeps hair soft and fuzzy. Place in a brown paper bag and put in plastic bag as an odor barrier. These were manufacturer’s instructions from 1940s-50s. I never had any problems and sweaters always looked fresh and new and sm…

Mildew Spots And Stains On My Blanket

Andy – My mother-in-law has blankets from the early part of the last century (we think) which appear to be cotton with wool sandwiched between and tied with yarn. We use them at our cabin. Unfortunately, one of the younger generation took the blanket out to the campfire to get warm and left it out all night in the rain. Then my brother-in-law, not knowing that he was making the situation much worse, bundled it up i…

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