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Topic: Failed Dye Job-but maybe I should keep it?  (Read 9003 times)
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« on: June 23, 2009 01:45:33 AM »

So I tried and failed to dye a bunch of things black. Three of the things look exactly the same as they did before except sort of dirty, but the other two underwent interesting changes.
A white button up blouse I bought turned this weird periwinkle color:

and a bright orange-ish red sweater turned this maroon color:

(The buttons are the original color of the sweater).

I wear almost exclusively black, but I found these colors rather interesting.

What say you? Should I redye them and hope for black or should I leave them be?
PS what'd I do wrong? I used Rit if that helps, in a bucket and I stirred the whole thing with my hands for an hour. You do not want to know what they look like right now.

Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009 02:37:19 AM »

i think you should leave them be.... i like them a lot and the sweater is my favorite Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2009 04:33:33 AM »

i like them the colors they came out... but you need to set them with heat (water+microwave?) if you didn't already cook them with the dye.  also vinagre and salt, i think, but you should look it up.

tons of infos here: http://www.dharmatrading.com/info/

also i wonder if the ones that just came out dirty looking were maybe the wrong fabric content for your dye.  i've seen that happen with items that were half or more content of acrylic or polyester.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2009 07:00:21 AM »

While I know nothing about dyeing my own clothes, I get the "only wear black" thing too.  Something about black is ...comfortable.  Still, I'd say keep them.  Grey is like a kind of black, right?  I think I prefer the shirt like this than how I picture it before, really.  I'm not very into cardigans or sweaters or whatever (too hot..) but again, I think you improved it!  Maroon looks exceptionally good with black too.

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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009 07:52:49 AM »

I think you should definately keep them, the colours are really interesting, good work!  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2009 08:13:28 AM »

It's all about the fiber content.
We had a crayon go through the dryer once and ruin a whole load of clothes.  So I decided that they couldn't get much worse, and tried to dye them all black.  I used about three packages of Rit in the washer.  I had the same type of results as you.  None of them really turned out black, though.

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2009 08:38:20 AM »

one thing I know from my days tie-dying with kids at summer camps is this...soda ash when added to the mixture always always always helps the dye set better and last longer, creates more vibrant colors.

Rit Dye is tough, I have never had it come out really as nice as others.

that said, I like the shirt...still dark but different, not something you see everywhere  and I really like the way the buttons pop on the cardigan.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2009 09:20:05 AM »

i saw keep them!
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2009 10:40:46 AM »

It's mainly about your fabric content- natural fibers take dye better than synthetics.

Also, something that has already been dyed won't take a dye in the same way as something that has been dyed previously. IE: you won't get a red shirt to turn black.

Black is the worst color to try to dye, though. You really can't get anything to turn completely black. Mostly it will turn out looking dark grey, if you're lucky.

Heating the dye up helps, also.

I don't do much dying myself, but what I do know I've learned from the lady who runs the costume shop at my university. She dyes a lot of costumes to get them to be the colors she wants, and it's not easy to do. She told me not to bother with black, so at least you know it's not your fault.

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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2009 11:19:17 AM »

Thanks for all the help, guys. I guess I'll stick to making black things blacker and leave these alone.

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