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« on: April 25, 2012 03:43:14 AM »

Hi everyone,

I'm just trying to get some opinions on how to get a specific effect on a wool blanket, because the only dyeing I've done before is the usual 'obtain dye packet, follow instructions, fail slightly'.

I've got a white wool blanket. At least, I'm hoping it's 100% wool. I'll try and work that part out when it arrives, but let's assume it is.

I want to get a sort of 'tabby cat' pattern onto it- essentially, browny background with irregular black stripes and splodges. But it needs to be regular enough to be sort of recognisable as a tabby pattern.

The most 'reliable' solution I've come up with so far is dyeing the whole thing brown and needle felting the black bits on. Which is fine, but is going to take frigging forever, and I'm a bit fed up of frigging forever projects at the moment.

So, alternatives. I would guess I'd have to dye the entire thing brown and then find some way of dyeing the other bits on top, but I'm not sure which method would actually work (and end up with black, rather than navy like the last thing I tried to dye black). The finished product needs to be able to be washed (ideally machine on cold) without all the dye going away, because it's being made into a cloak for cold and wet larping. I've seen the shaving foam method which looks like the sort of thing that could work, but I wasn't sure how well it would work on wool, or how well the desired pattern would form. Does anyone have any better suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2012 08:47:01 PM »

What about using a tie-dye method? Like that style of shibori where you wrap it around a pole and then wrap it with rope? That would give you some cool looking stripes!

Another thought is to just use a cold-water dye in a ketchup bottle (like from a diner/restaurant) to apply the black stripes and then over-dye the whole thing brown to soften the edges of the stripes even more.

Hope you get it figured out Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012 04:47:32 AM »

Shibori dyeing was my first thought also, but on something large, I am skeptical that the results would be satisfactory.    What size is the blanket?      Another consideration is - where did you get the blanket - some commercial products have been treated with chemicals and may be somewhat dye resistant.

I have only used acid  dyes on natural fibers, which require heat to set the dye.  I know some people that have used procion dyes on natural fibers with success.  Because of the size of the blanket, it might be easier to use them. 

I frequently use this Yahoo dye group and find the experts there VERY helpful.  Perhaps you could pose your question to them.


Good Luck,

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