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« on: January 28, 2006 10:28:46 AM »

hey guys I searched for this with no avail so if there is a thread you know about this please just point me in the right direction!

I inherited some kinda cheap 100% cotton curtains. they are BRIGHT RED like fire engine red..which is cool but the art on my walls is a cranberry color.

any ideas about dying curtains that arent white to start with? like common sense tells me if I add just a little bit of black dye they will become the color I want...but that's when mixing paint...i've never dyed fabric before

« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2006 11:51:42 AM »

It's hard to predict, but your curtains will probably come out muddy grey.

If you have any extra fabric (maybe you need to shorten them), test the dye on a scrap.  Grey is less drastic than black.  But there's a slim chance that you can get a color very close to your walls. 

Could you paint or stencil a design in cranberry?  Or is it too much of a clash?


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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2006 12:59:16 PM »

You should be able to overdye with cranberry if the color you are after is deeper than the original.
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2006 11:56:53 AM »

BRILLIANT! both of you ...I am headed to get some cranberry dye and test it on the bottom.....if all else fails I can bleach and start from scrtach right?? (right?)

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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2006 12:12:03 PM »

You can get color remover, usually right there with the dye.
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2006 07:12:49 AM »

wow, im doing exactly the same but im turning my navy blue curtains and bed sheets/pillows to baby pink, hopefully!! im bleaching today hopefully *crosses fingers* how did yours go in the end? xxx

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2006 07:58:53 PM »

don't use black! it'll turn your curtains an ugly muddy grey color.
if anything, use more red, and mix a teeeny bit of blue in with it...

but i'm sure you can probably find some cranberry colored dye.
that'd work the best.

« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2006 07:31:56 AM »

I agree with the above posters....no black!  Also, if it doesn't come out exactly right, you could always add of hem of a different fabric that has your wall colors in it or buy some fabric paint in the wall color and paint a design on the curtains to pull the color into them.
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