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« on: November 09, 2009 07:52:09 PM »

I have a great wool coat I got at thrift shop. However, it is cream colored, which will not work for me. How difficult would it be to dye it Navy Blue? Any tips?
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2009 01:59:33 PM »

Wool is very easy as long as it really is wool and not polyester. It takes dye really well. I've dyed wool with kool-aid, but to get a dark color like navy, you probably want to use real dye. Rit or dylon is easily obtainable at brick and mortar stores. Rit is available at the grocery stores in my area. Do the bucket dying method so that you don't boil your wool.
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009 10:07:38 PM »

If you think that you will ever want to wash your coat, don't use Rit. Use Jacquard acid dyes--they cost about as much as Rit, can be found at a local art supply store (depending on where you live) or purchased from dharmatrading.com. You will need both heat and vinegar (or citric acid) to set the dye, but if you heat the coat slowly, it shouldn't be a problem, and the Jacquard colors are really nice. Also, they stick to the fabric and don't dye your entire load of laundry, every time you wash your garment.
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009 12:55:27 PM »

Try to track down Rit ProLine.  I know it's available in cities... but I'm not sure how hard it is to track down outside of metro areas.  Also, I HIGHLY recommend going to Rit's website.  Read their tips, that will help A TON.  My top suggestions are 1) make sure the garment is very very clean and 2) use way more of the dye than the instructions call for.  Otherwise you get a muted, faded look.  Not cute. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2009 09:27:08 PM »

maybe bluing? I have had mixed results with rit, usually bad as it is not so much a dye but a stain.

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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2009 05:14:57 PM »

Remember that thread won't dye so you might end up with a navy sweater with cream accents (aka...thread that is showing). Whenever I dye, I always think the thread is a cute accent, but you might not.

Good luck!

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2009 07:11:19 PM »

Here are the main problems I think you'll have to overcome:
1) you need something big enough to dye it in, but you need hot water to dye, but you have to be careful putting it in the washing machine because heat+agitation = boiled wool, i.e. major shrinking. Maybe you could buy a big tub and heat water on the stove in batches? Or maybe you could fill the washer with cold or warm water, then add the dye, then add the coat and gradually add hot water and agitate gently with a broom stick or something. If the coat shrinks a little, you can probably resize it a little with a steam iron.

2) The lining. The lining won't take the dye the same way as the wool, which might be just fine. Also, if the coat shrinks at all, it may do so at a different rate from the lining.

3) All fasteners will need to be removed. Fine if you don't mind reattaching a bunch of buttons, not so fine if it's got a zipper.

4) Threads made of different material as described by above poster.

Good luck!!

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