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« on: February 06, 2005 12:00:58 PM »

So, I don't dye things alot, but I've done it before without problems (with plain old RIT).  Anyway, the last couple of times I've tried to dye 100% cotton (one a white t-shirt with purple RIT, the other an off-white sweater with bright blue Dylon), I've come out with uneven color each time.  I've been dying in the washing machine, like I've done before, and have been using the warmest water safe for the fabric, and I make sure to keep the machine agitating for a full hour before rinsing, and I use a cup of salt in the water.  Does anyone have a clue why the colors aren't coming out even?  Is there a fail-safe way to dye? 
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2005 04:18:31 PM »

I hope you weren't useing tabel salt.  It contains iodine.  Were they clean and stain-free?  That can be a reason.
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2005 04:47:02 PM »

This is so weird - I was doing some dyeing tonight too and the same thing happened to me. I used the Dylon brand as well, on some old linens I had, and the stove top method.  They came out reeally bad; they were uneven, and when they dried (naturally, like it says to do) they were really faded like they had been put through the drier a thousand times. I've done a fair amount of dyeing before and its never turned out like this - in the past I used the Tintex (I think its called) which comes in a little Jello-like box and its cheaper too than the Dylon brand. Not sure what happened
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2005 07:39:16 PM »

No_Aloha:  not too sure, it does sound like you are doing the right stuff.  One suggestion is have is to mix your dye powder with boiling hot water before you add it to the washer.  Some of the dye particles can be pretty stubborn about dissolving.  Make sure you put the dye into the wash water before you put in the clothes (have them presoaking in the sink to get them evenly wet) or you will get unevenness.

I haven't heard of any problems about using table salt with Dylon or Rit.

greeneyedlady: perhaps your pot was too small for your linens, if you were dying on the stove.  They need enough space to float freely.  The intensity also really depends on what colour you are using: some are a lot stronger than others.  I used a Tintex Nile Green and BOILED a bunch of fabric and couldn't get any colour stronger than a dull faded dead grass colour.  But Dylon emerald can give a pretty vibrant green if you heat it....
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