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« on: January 15, 2007 10:18:08 PM »

Hey everyone!
I'm looking for a fabric dye or something along the lines of that, but I've never dyed fabric before, so I'm a little clueless..

I have two baby pink t-shirts (95% cotton 5% spandex), and I'd like to dye one white and one black.

What would be the best brand/type of fabric dye for me to use?

thanks for your help! =]
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2007 06:49:35 AM »

Dyes are transparent, so there are no "white" dyes. Instead, you could try a dye remover  - RIT makes one, or there are others available online (such as at Dharma Trading http://www.dharmatrading.com.

For the black, I would strongly suggest buying a Procion dye rather than using RIT or Dylon. Black is a difficult color to acheive, and the results with a fiber reactive dye like Procion are likely to be much better than with an "all purpose" dye such as RIT.  Procion can be used in a washing machine or in a large old pot on the stove (don't use a cooking pot), and does need some extra chemicals - non-iodized table salt and soda ash. You can buy soda ash from a dye store, or look for washing soda in the laundy/cleaning section of the grocery, and find one without whiteners/brighteners - Arm & Hammer makes a version that doesn't have additives.

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