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karolmc
« on: April 22, 2010 10:55:58 AM »

OK, I'm a total newby.........the answer to my question may be on here, but I don't know where & how to look!!

I'm getting married (67 year young widow).  Dress is silk lavender/violet color.  I have some brocade white/gold shoes from Goodwill.  I want to dye them a dark "purple" to go with my dress.

What kind of dye, how to dye, etc/, etc

Please help

Blessings, karolmc
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010 01:27:30 PM »

Congratulations!

It depends on what the shoe's fabric is. I'm guessing you've never dyed anything before?

If you can, try to get a few threads of the fabric from the inner edge of the shoe to do a fiber test (unless there is a label somewhere saying what the upper is made of). Here's info about fiber testing:

http://www.fabrics.net/fabricsr.asp

The key points are cotton, linen, rayon and acetate smell like paper/wood, silk and wool smell like burning hair, and polyester, nylon and acrylic smell acrid and/or like burning plastic. Once you know what the material of your shoes is made of, you can choose a type of dye.

Here's some info about different dyes:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Types-of-Synthetic-Dyes

Follow the directions on the packaging as best you can, and I would recommend buying a short length of fabric with a similar fiber content and texture to practice on before doing your shoes.

And as if I just found this on Instructables:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Dye-Your-Shoes-a-Cool-Color-Like-Purple/

Good to know that hot water can shrink the shoes!
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