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« on: February 22, 2005 08:23:19 PM »

i have this great top that makes me think a cross between a straightjacket and fun, pseudo-bondagey fishnet, but it's white and i'd much rather it was black. it's 100% cotton a has a couple of buckles on it. how can i dye it without ruining it?

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2005 09:28:23 PM »

Have a look at http://www.dharmatrading.com -- and check out the Procion MX dyes, as well as the FAQ sections of the site. If your thing's 100% cotton, a fiber-reactive dye is definitely the way to go.

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2005 04:06:14 PM »

thanks for the idea, danie, i'll check that out right now. i also thought of a few more quiestions, though.

can i get these dyes in a craft store or should i order them online? also, i'm in a dorm, so i can't have a messy dye experience. do you know of a no-mess or small-mess way to dye?

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2005 05:44:17 PM »

I always order my supplies from Dharma, and I don't remember ever seeing them locally. To dye one garment one color, you really don't need a whole lot of stuff. I dye lots of things, all the time, and I'm still on the same $60 of supplies I bought last year. I mean, really, I'm a dyeing fool.

As far as mess goes... you need a container for water plus your garment. A large bucket works. A washing machine is even better, since you need to keep the stuff agitated. You need to be able to dump the water somewhere. And... that's about it. I dye small things in my kitchen all the time. If you're going for a marbled effect, even a small little Tupperware container will work.

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2005 08:19:14 AM »

As far as mess goes... you need a container for water plus your garment. A large bucket works. A washing machine is even better, since you need to keep the stuff agitated.

a washing machine? will it leave dye in the machine so the next person to use it will have a mess and hunt me down and eat me? we share washing machines here.

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2005 08:42:38 AM »

I've never had a problem with dye residue. Procion dyes bond to natural fibers only, so in my experience, they get right out of the way during the rinse cycle. Smiley

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