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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: dyeing cotton (t-shirt) with turmeric - weird spotting on: June 16, 2008 03:54:07 PM
A P.S. in case anyone else ever decides to dye a t-shirt with turmeric.  After machine-washing and drying, the t-shirt was a nice even canary yellow--no more splotches.  Halfway through the day I splashed water on it, and when the spot dried, it dried a weird tannish color.  It was a hot day and I was moving, so later I splashed water all over the t-shirt--and it did the same thing it had done right after the first post-dyeing rinse.  It dried a weird tan/burnt orange, with very bright yellow spots where it had been touched a lot while wet.  I imagine once it's been machine washed and dried again, it will once again be canary yellow.

Very, very weird.

Oh, and after the machine washing when the color was even it showed a tendency to fade really quickly.  There was a faint seatbelt-shaped line across the front of it after riding in the car on a sunny day.

I would love to know if anyone has dyed wool yarn with turmeric, and if they've had weird fading/spotting issues on wool, or if it's just cotton.
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying stained crib sheets? on: June 10, 2008 10:02:50 AM
I dyed some spotted pillowcases (spotted with stains, that is), and the stained spots seemed to show up even darker after dyeing (dyed with Rit dark brown).  I would try it, though, maybe not all stains show up after dyeing. 
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dyeing cotton (t-shirt) with turmeric - weird spotting on: June 09, 2008 12:50:06 PM
I tried to dye a cheap cotton t-shirt with turmeric yesterday and the strangest thing happened.  It's probably perfectly normal and has an explanation, but I hadn't done any research beforehand.

I dyed it on the stovetop in a huge pot for about 30 minutes, and each time I stirred it it looked like a dark celery color.  When I started rinsing it I realized that it was turning darker where the water was running on it.  It eventually went from the medium dirty yellow it had been to a dark burnt orange (the color was uniform by the time I finished rinsing it, or rather gave up rinsing it--after many rinses the water still wasn't running clear, so I figured I would wash it later in the machine).

I rung it out and rolled it up in a towel to blot it dry, then hung it on a hanger, and at this point I noticed that there were some bright mustard yellow spots on the burnt orange in places where the towel had rubbed it, and in places where I'd had to handle it to put it on the hanger (also where care instructions were printed on the inside).  I started touching it with varying pressure and realized that where I touched it it was turning yellow--the spots were more pronounced where I touched it longer or put more pressure.  I thought maybe it would even out after it dried, but the spots were just as pronounced this morning.

Is there an explanation for this?  It was a fun experiment, but I still have no idea what caused it or how to get an even dye job with turmeric on cotton fabric.  Is it because I didn't rinse it with vinegar?  Does this happen when dyeing yarn, too?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: McQueen cable coat knock off on: November 17, 2007 08:38:00 PM
that's so beautiful!  i love the big pillowy cables.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: let me introduce you to my knitting world (work) on: November 17, 2007 12:15:10 PM
i love love LOVE that first cardigan!  i have the same budget problem, so i end up spending hours unraveling (frogging?) sweaters from thrift stores--i've gotten a lot of nice yarn that way.
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