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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Want to try dyeing... so how do I get started? on: November 13, 2009 06:21:34 PM
Just to add to what Ptarmic Wumpus has said...

I dye both cotton and silk with fiber reactive dyes. Silk takes the dye very well and vividly for a majority of colors. Keep in mind that FR were formulated for cotton so the colors you see as examples are for cotton. Like I said, silk dyes spot on for most colors. I can get an o.k. black but browns and sage have been difficult for me on silk. They tend to color separate, meaning the component colors that make up the dye "come out".

For smaller fabric swatches i.e. fat quarters a method called Low Water Immersion works well. I have a tutorial on my blog... http://desertdyeworks.blogspot.com/2009/07/something-fun-and-quick.html

Have fun and be prepared to get addicted to it!
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Dying thermal knit fabric! on: November 13, 2009 06:13:04 PM
My first suggestion is to avoid using RIT or any other all-purpose dye(dylon has one, too). You will get great results using fiber reactive dye. They can be found at Dharma Trading, Dick Blick, Prochemical and dye, and directly from Jacquards website. If you have a fine arts supply store near you they should also carry it with the Jacquard label.

Fiber reactive dyes are meant for cellulose fibers(cotton, rayon) but also dye other natural protein based fibers(silk) well. Ideally, you want your thermal knit to be 100% cotton. Some may have some lycra for stretch but it won't affect your results. A cotton/poly blend will dye but you will get a lighter, heathered result.

Good Luck!
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vinegar,alum, both?Coffee/tea/foodcoloring/koolaid on: November 14, 2007 09:41:26 PM
Koolaid(or any other food grade dye) is technically an acid dye wh/ will not work with cotton unfortunately. At best it would stain your fabric. The same is true for coffee and tea. But it would eventually fade and have to be redone.

If you are wanting to try something new and get a more permanent color your best bet would be procion mx fiber reactive dyes. They are real simple to use. You can also find a similar class of fiber reactive dye at craft stores sold as Dylon Cold water dyes.

Though to answer your questions about mordanting...I amnot sure about combining vinegar and alum. Nor if they are safe to use combined and/or just redundant. In general mordanting is done after the initial dyebath.

4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to dye my jacket..... on: December 02, 2006 04:38:40 PM
The best dye for the fabric you have would be a fiber reactive dye. Unfortunately RIT does not do a good job especially when there are dyes(like FR dyes) that do a great job and are washfast and highly fade resistant. RIT is neither of these.

You can get fiber reactive dyes online, commonly called MX dyes. Many craft stores also sell Dylon Cold Water dyes(not to be confused with Dylon all-purpose dye) which is a fiber reactive dye and works just like MX dyes.

Check out Dharma Tradings website. They sell the dye but also have good directions on how to dye in a bucket(vat dyeing).

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Custom dyed fabric? on: November 29, 2006 11:19:11 PM
The type of fabric, especially since it contains polyester,is important to the situation. Most people that I have come across that do custom dyeing generally use either fiber reactive dyes and or acid dyes, which cover your basic cotton, silks, wools, and nylon. Polyester requires disperse dyes wh/ to fix require extremely high heat and a "fixer" of sorts that is a bit nastier than your average dye. B/C of this, most custom dyers choose not to dye 100% polyester(or acrylic)

That being said, there have to be dye houses out there that do it. Sorry that I can't think of one off the top of my head. Just, whatever you do do not use any type of all-purpose dye like RIT or Dylons all-purpose dye. Just not worth the effort and less than exceptional  results.

Don't think this has helped you very much Cry
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Custom dyed fabric? on: November 29, 2006 11:53:18 AM
What type of fabric is it? One thing about custom dyeing is that it can be difficult to get a precise match, though it is do-able. Dye lots and variations in the fabric can create differences.

You could find places to do it but custom dyeing is generally not cheap, though not crazy expensive. When I have done it in the past I have charged $12/piece(like a shirt etc) when the item to be dyed was provided by the customer. I also had a minimum of $50, otherwise it just wasn't worth my time. I did give discounts when the amount to be dyed was over a certain dollar amount.

I have come across dye houses that do this type of work but I can't remember what they were off the top of my head.

7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can I dye this coat? on: November 09, 2006 02:15:27 PM
Though the coat itself may cotton velvet, the lining and sticthing are probably a polyester blend. as far as the stiching goes, you will end up with it contrasting the color of the coat. If this is o.k. then dye it.

8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help dyeing terry cloth wristband! on: November 05, 2006 02:56:54 PM
O.K. I am totally not trying to be snarky but if the end result is more important than the process(creating it yourself) you might be better off purchasing a wristband like you want.
Terrycloth can be difficult to work/dye with and the cost of the materials will probably be more than if you purchased the bands.

However, if it is the process that you are really interested in, ditto to what the PP said Wink

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying black corduroy? on: October 21, 2006 12:24:07 PM
Yes, forget the RIT. Use a fiber reactive dye, such as Dylon cold-water dye(not to be confused with their all-purpose dye), or another brand such as Jacquard or from Dharma Trading.

Your topstitching will probably be dyed but since your thread is a poly-cotton it may not dye as dark as your corderoy.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recommendations for Dying Old Jeans Darker? on: October 19, 2006 11:53:07 PM
 I would recomend not using RIT. Since your jeans, I am assuming, are cotton denim your best bet would be to go to your locl craft store and pick up some Dylon cold water dye. It is a fiber reactive dye formulated to be fade resistant and wash fast on natural fibers.

RIT is just a headache waiting to happen.

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