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stillatthetop
« on: January 04, 2014 12:10:25 PM »

 Grin I have cloth napkins in a wonderful Barbie pastel pink color. Hate it. Imagine a gentleman to put that on their lap?
I wish to dress them up with tie dye. They are a cotton/linen blend, light in color, but it has been a while since I worked with the dye. I know Ritz is the go-to...but any other ideas? I know some of the scrimp and pinch and tie arts. Rubber bands...string...th at sort of thing.

Anything else to share that has wowed your socks off??? Interesting folds different than just the regular rings of hippy? Vinegar sets color. I know that trick, too. But is anyone else smarter than me? With some words of wisdom to help?

I have googled it, and there are many tutorials there. None that I really like. Please share your results and what has worked for you?

Picture: just to pop into that catagory, too  Roll Eyes


Thanks, ~T

Whoops...here is where I found the photo http://www.layoutsparks.com/pictures/tie-dye-0  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014 03:45:15 PM »

Well, you can't use acid dyes to dye cotton or linen.  I mean, they'll stain those fibres, but not dye them. You'll need a fibre reactive dye for bold colours.  Dharma Trading Company is a good place for all things dyeing, from dyes to fabrics and clothing articles.  That's all I really know regarding dyeing plant fibres. beyond that, I've no clue! (not yet anyway!)
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014 05:23:14 PM »

Well, maybe this thread will teach us both something.  Grin I have played with dye for paper, including the nail polish marbling methods. But that is not right for clothe, either. Especially if you want to soak up the juice on your face!
Coffee filters are fun to dye for art projects. I have spray painted fabric for costumes. But for this new project, I wish for something permanent that won't "transfer" with greasy faces. I am not sure where to turn for this. I would hate for my party to look like clowns  Roll Eyes "Great chicken, Tina...do you have alcohol to take the stain off my face???"  Cheesy

~T
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Wanting 6" x 6" I spy panels. For a quilt like this:
http://www.grammasbabystuff.com/I_Spy_-_Hill_3_Finished_Smaller.jpg
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014 10:32:03 PM »

at lots of craft stores you can buy (Relatively cheaply i might add) the tulip tye dye kits which are the right kind of dye, and if you buy and soak the items in soda ash before you dye them the colors come out brighter
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2014 07:22:47 AM »

Wow. My google for soda ash brought me to this...

{Whoops. Link bombed.} Try again... http://www.ask.com/web?q=Tie+Dye+Instruction&qsrc=466&o=13194&l=sem&qo=relatedSearchExpand

Wonderful info there. I have heard of soda ash, but never really understood it, as I don't dye fibers. At least not how all the yarn crafters do here. This link is to the Ask.com desk. I keep forgetting to look there.  Grin

Thanks for the tip. I will be researching further. It is an ugly pink, in my opinion. Maybe I will try bleaching the fabric first.
I am not girlie girl. I don't even know why I got these. But they are well made. They should stand up to all the damage that I give to them.

~T
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Wanting 6" x 6" I spy panels. For a quilt like this:
http://www.grammasbabystuff.com/I_Spy_-_Hill_3_Finished_Smaller.jpg
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2014 08:51:54 AM »

You won't need vinegar for a cotton/linen blend. But if you go with fiber reactive, you will need soda ash. I've used washing soda too and gotten good results (I'm not sure the difference between the two).

If you go with RIT or Tulip powders (not the kit), you won't need vinegar or soda ash, but you may not get as vibrant colors, especially with something like napkins you'll be washing frequently. The packages tell you to fix with salt, but I haven't really found that to make much of a difference. You can either go the dye bath route or the squirt bottle route (mix up your own "kit"). If the pink is pale enough, you can overdye without having to bleach first, which can compromise the integrity of your fabric. Fixing with heat can help, too. I wrap my dye projects in plastic and let set in a warm place for 12-24 hours. You can also steam (as you would with yarn) or microwave your project for a few secs.

No matter what route you go, run the napkins through the wash. If the dye doesn't come off there, it's not going to come off on you.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2014 11:05:36 AM »

Great tips, Abbeeroad! Sounds like you really know your stuff. Thanks! And thanks to all who have shared for me, too. I am spring cleaning early. I also found some ugly peach napkins in the linen closet. I think they will get a tweak, too.

~T

OK...can you tell this will be an experimental thread?

Damask fabric. I think I spelled this one right. What is it made from? Will it dye? I have a single one...also ugly color. Light peach. Have no clue where I got it. But willing to try to do something with it all the same. Matchy-matchy is not really my style, anyway. I like to switch things up and be different. Any ideas on this?

Har, har...where did I get all this girlie stuff? I am going to be dying my arse off! Found another batch of pinks. Must have been when daughter was little and we did tea parties for her friends.
She is 22 now. Maybe this post should be on the destash threads??? I am clearing my cupboards.
Some of them I will repurpose into other items, too. I don't throw large dinner parties anymore!  Grin

~T
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Wanting 6" x 6" I spy panels. For a quilt like this:
http://www.grammasbabystuff.com/I_Spy_-_Hill_3_Finished_Smaller.jpg
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2014 01:20:34 PM »

Hm, I have no idea about the damask. It depends on fiber content. If it is made from different materials, you might have to vary dyeing techniques for different fibers or leave parts undyed. Do a test and see what happens, and share your results here! Good luck de-stashing!
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