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Topic: Dyeing satin flowers on a headband  (Read 383 times)
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« on: May 26, 2011 10:27:53 AM »

I am a brand new member, looking for some help with a headband I ordered for a wedding I am in. Unfortunately the color of the headband is a much more blue purple then the dress I am trying to match (which is a reddish-purple)

Hoping you all can see this the picture is small, but this is a photo of the headband:

I am hoping I can find something to dye the purple more of a reddish-purple if at all possible. Anyone have any advice? The fabric is labeled as satin.

Should I just use red dye or red koolaid and just not leave it in the dye for very long?
Any advice would be very helpful.. I tried looking around the forums but haven't found anything specifically for dying something satin that is already colored and just needs a new tint. Thank you!
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011 10:58:04 AM »

There are lots of different kinds of satin and so it's difficult to tell exactly what you're dealing with. It could be silk satin, cotton satin, or even a synthetic. The best way to tell what a fabric is made of is to do a burn test. If you feel like you can, take a snippet of the fabric and burn it. If it turns into a powder then it's a plant based fiber, if it smells like burning hair and chars and beads then you're dealing with silk. If the fiber turns to a hard black bead, drips, or leaves a network of hard black mesh then you're dealing with a synthetic or a blend.

If that's impossible then on the off chance it is synthetic you're going to want to experiment with cheap dyes to see what sticks. Synthetic fibers are made of petroleum in most cases and their color is added at the point of creation. PRO dyes won't work on synthetics only natural fibers so I wouldn't go that route because of that and because they are expensive.

Always do a spot test before you dye something to see how the fabric is going to react to it. You don't want to dunk it in and it turns out even more wrong than it is and then you're stuck. Take an eye dropper and let it sit in a conspicuous spot for an hour before washing it. If it looks good then do it to the whole thing.
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