Image via Flickr Our columnist Dizzy Lettuce answers questions about dyeing garments and/or fabric and has a very informative article “Dyeing 101” where many questions are answered. Today I found more articles on dyeing including a tutorial on Ombre Dyeing. Stand and Deliver: Ombré dyeing tutorial: dip-dye rixarixa.blogspot.com2/13/13 After batch dyeing 6 different hues for a duvet cover, I tried my hand at ombré dip-dyeing. Dharma Trading Co. advises starting with the lightest shade first, while Rit Dye’s tutorial starts with the darkest shade first. Which works … Experimenting with dyeing brings this artist early spring colors using different techniques. Carol R. Eaton Designs: Fabric Dyeing! carolreatondesigns.blogspot.com2/19/13 Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate the colors of winter but by the end of February my soul needs a pick me up! I used the ice dyeing technique for the first three pieces. The next three incorporates confetti dyeing but … Image via Flickr As Dizzy Lettuce often says, “All dyeing is an experiment!” More experiments with nice results were found at Milo’s Cave.Milo’s Cave: Yet More Dyeing miloscave.blogspot.com2/21/13 Since the previous post, I’ve had two more dye sessions. I still have not fully used up the dye concentrates I mixed over four weeks ago, now. The first session was aimed at making grays. I made four yards, I think, in four … Enjoy!
I’m writing about the 100% orange silk satin gown again. Thank you for your first answer! I am also wondering if there is something that I could do to soften/lighten the existing color. By: Carolyn
I have a white dress and some white t-shirts that I would like to dye cream colored. Does cream colored dye exist? I cannot find anything other than tea dyeing instructions. Or that I should start with cream colored fabric to get cream colored results, which makes no sense to me. I know cream colored dye is out there somewhere because you can buy a cream colored garment off the rack at a store. Can you help me with this?
I have a 100% cotton purple duvet cover (with 2 matching pillow cases) which I would like to dye a deep/dark purple color. (not plum- more of a cool dark purple) How should I go about doing this? I purchased 2 bottles of RIT PURPLE liquid dye and 1 bottle of RIT Black liquid dye. I will not be removing the current purple color. Hi Vilija, Your duvet and shams can be dyed darker purple, and you can do it yourself if you can get it in your washer with some room to spare. I don’t think Rit is going to get you the dark color you want, although you could try it. I suggest the reactive dyes available at www.dharmatrading.com. Get 2 oz each of dark purple and of black 250. Start with most of the purple and a tablespoon or so of the black. Read all dyeing instructions carefully on the Dharma webpage! You will also need soda ash, ordinary table salt, and Synthrapol. If you don’t want to try it yourself, you can send it to Sherry at www.fabricdyeing.com. best, Jennifer
By Kimberly Wulfert, PhD An important element of any fabric or fiber, old or new, is its cosmetics. This can range from finishes to color to design, all which breathe life and vitality into cloth. This month’s guest columnist is well-known quilt historian Kimberly Wulfert who takes us back into the 18th and 19th centuries for a look at the cotton dyeing process and its evolution from natural to synthetic dyes. You will probably never look at fabric in the same light again after reading this colorful side of textile history. Prior to the Revolutionary War, America shipped her plentiful supply of raw cotton to Britain, where it was spun, woven, printed and sold back to her as yardage. When the War of Independence was over, the printing industry would establish itself in the northern and eastern states, where it had been previously attempted but unsuccessfully, due to Britain’s ban on sharing textile machinery and know-how with the Colonies. Our import of cotton fabric, plain and printed, was dramatically reduced, as they knew it would be when we could work our own raw cotton into thread and cloth. The exceptions were high-end fine chintz, Indiennes and toile fabrics, used for bedding, upholstery, draperies and fancy clothing. These continued to be imported from England and France. The 18th century brought the Machine Age and the Industrial Revolution to Europe and America, enabling them to produce more than enough affordable cotton prints by the 1830s. The inorganic chemicals industry was born mid-18th century bringing a plethora of coloring and assisting agents to the awareness of textile scientists, in the form of mineral dyes, hydrochloric acids, sulphur, chlorine, soda ash, ferrous sulphate and lead acetate. Mineral-based colorants are pigments (insoluble and fix to the surface of the cloth), producing brilliant hues of color that stand out bright and luminescent (picture # 1) when placed next to cotton dyed with organic carbon-based dyes from animals, plants and vegetables. Combinations of these chemicals increased both the ways and the outcomes of dyeing cotton cloth, which is the focus of this article. Cotton fibers, by yarn or cloth, do not take well to natural dyes except indigo. Commonly used natural dyes included madder, logwood, quercitron and wode. Dye can sit on top and look fine at first, but easily washes out or fades to light in no time at all. This is why the first cotton prints from India were so enormously popular. Cotton was a softer material to wear than linen and wool,…
I recently purchased a dress with an ink stain. The cleaned removed the ink but left a large water mark like stain. They said they could re-dye the dress. The dress is made of 85% viscose and 15% Polymide. What are your thoughts on this? Expensive dress and rich canary color. Thanks for your advice. Lucia Hi Lucia, If the cleaners can guarantee a result, I suggest that you try it. Most cleaners do not dye any longer and few will guarantee a result. However, rayon (viscose) can be dyed and with a small poly content, will take the dye vividly. Keep in mind that all dyeing is an experiment! best, Jennifer
Have a white garment I would like dyeing black it is 72% acetate, 28% viscose and the lining is 100% acetate. Who and where should I let my garment go to? Dear Kenny, Sorry, this garment can’t be dyed. best, Jennifer