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When dyeing linen, what dye color will create a silver grey?

I want to dye some white and cream linen a soft silver grey colour but can’t find a dye in Dyon or at Dharma Trading that colour. Can you tell me which colours to mix? Thank you. By: Jane

Are There Organic Or Natural Dyes

I am looking for high quality organic fabric dyes for dying small quantities of cotton knit. Must be color and wash fast. Can you recommend a resource for such dyes? Hi Julie, you are going to need to do some research to determine what “organic” dye means to you. The best source of fabric dyes is Dharma Trading Co. (www.dharmatrading.com). They can assist you with info to meet your criteria. I use the reactive dyes from Dharma, which are low in toxicity and easy to use. Extremely light and colorfast. best, Jennifer

Would Dyeing My Slipcover Bleed Onto My Sofa?

Jennifer, I have a slipcover that I purchased from IKEA last year to use with a Klippan sofa. The slipcover is 100% cotton and its color is a shade of green (not dark, but not light almost an avocado green). The sofa itself is white. My question is, do you think I can dye the slipcover black? If dyeing is possible what type of dye should I purchase to do this project? And one more question, by dyeing the slipcover black would it ever bleed into the white sofa if liquid spilled on it? Thanks for your time. Jodi Dear Jodi, It is possible to dye your slipcover but the results are unpredictable. To me, almost the most unpredictable element is the evenness with which the slipcover would take the dye, and here’s why. If it is very large, making a tight fit in your washer, it’s likely that it will not take evenly. Bucket dyeing is out, too, you would have a really big mess in your front yard with again, uneven results possible. Another factor contributing to the uneven results is the condition of the slipcover. Has it been used for a while in its current green state? It’s likely that it could have some unseen spots that might be greasy or otherwise repel the dye. Final matter: black is the hardest color to obtain and, in my experience, would probably come out dark green or dark greenish-charcoal. Now if you decide you have nothing to lose and want to try anyway, I suggest that you get a copy of the Dharma Trading Company catalog and read carefully how to vat dye something using the reactive dyes. You can get the general idea at www.dharmatrading.com, however, I also suggest getting a paper copy of their catalog for complete perusal. After you read through their vat dyeing instructions, talk to them or write back to me about what dyes they suggest. You will need a minimum of chemicals, including ordinary table salt and soda ash, which is available at pool supply stores. If you are able to easily dye the thing in your washer you will be able to adequately rinse out the excess dye by washing it a couple of times with Synthrapol (also available from Dharma). Do a little research and let me know if you have more questions!! Jennifer

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

Restoring An Old Recliner

I have an old recliner that nothing is wrong with it….not threadbare or anything….just the wrong color. Can I use fabric paint to paint this recliner? Also where can I buy fabric paint that is larger than 8ozs. ? Maybe ½ gallon or gallon sizes? Thank you for your help. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Linda Dear Linda, You can try painting your chair. You will need to experiment a bit to see if you like the products. Remember, most fabric paints are a sort of plastic, so they have a plastic-y stiffness and feel. Dharma Trading Co carries a variety of fabric paints that do their best to avoid that stiffness thing. Most of these have to be heat-set to make them permanent. Heat setting can be done with an iron – I don’t think a hair dryer is hot enough. Get a catalogue from www.dharmatrading.com and read through all their fabric dye and paint products. A quick perusal through the Dharma catalog this morning turned up one kind of fabric paint available in 32 oz jars (this one has to be heat set). There are a few others that don’t require heat-set, but they come in smaller containers. This is going to be a big project. I would suggest slip covers unless you really want to experiment. Remember, there are a lot of chairs in the world and somewhere there is the perfect one for you, perhaps without all this effort. Have fun, Jennifer

Dyeing Chair Covers

Hi Jennifer, I have six hand-sewn chair covers that were created in a Waverly fabric, a lighter blue background with mauve circles. I believe it’s a polished cotton. I would like to dye the covers a brown shade. What color dye should be used? Is RIT a reputable dye? Is there a professional who can dye them in Austin where I live? Thanks, Brooke Dear Brooke, Well, the answer depends on a few more things. Are you talking about slipcovers or chair seat covers? Is the fabric all cotton or a blend? Is it treated with scotchguard, or with some other kind of coating that makes that polished effect? Is the fabric a print or woven pattern? How dark are the colors? You cannot dye a mix of blues to a mix of browns. You will get mud. The thing to consider is what brown would look like mixed with the blues that you have there. Even if you have all cotton fabric that is a good candidate for dyeing, I would not recommend Rit. The reactive dyes available at Silk Road (here in Austin) or from Dharma Trading Company are much more deep and vivid and require a minimum of chemicals. Speaking of Silk Road, you could take one of the covers there and ask Karen what she thinks about dyeing potential. I learned a lot of what I know from her. If you want to consult a professional, I suggest contacting www.fabricdyeing.com. Have fun!! Jennifer

Dyeing Light Linen Dark

I have a several yard length of linen, and one of ramie, that are ivory/beige right now. I would like to dye them both darker colors – but linen is traditionally one of the more difficult natural fibers to dye, and I don’t know anything about dying ramie at all, except that it is “similar” to flax. I’ve used Dharma Trading’s reactive dyes on silk before with fair success, but I was wondering if you had any specific recommendations for dealing with these particular types of fabric? (The lengths have already been washed and dried once; I’m not worried about them shrinking.) Thanks! Kara Dear Kara, These will dye beautifully using the reactive dyes. Since you have a beige already, and desire a darker color, you will get a rich version of the color you choose. I would suggest doing it in the washer. Here’s how I do it: set the washer for a small load on warm. Add 4 cups of salt plus the dye. Agitate 5 minutes. See what you have there. If you want slightly darker, agitate another 5 minutes or longer. If you want really darker, add more dye. When you have approximately the color you want, add 1/3 cup soda ash dissolved in hot water. Agitate 10-15 minutes, then let the cycle finish. Wash one more time all the way through using Synthrapol or your favorite laundry detergent. Wash your finished item separately or with similar colors at least the next 4-5 times. Have fun! Jennifer