Dye-ing for your help...

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I caught a case of fabric buying mania a few weeks ago on Gorgeous Fabrics and I added this turquoise denim to my cart with the grand idea of making another pair of Clovers with it. I basically saw the words "turquoise" and "stretch" and hit "purchase" without actually looking at the fabric. Now that I've received it, I've noticed that it has a kind of metallic quality to it and it's a little more blue and less green than I had pictured in my head. This is obviously my fault for not really looking at the picture online, but now I'm trying to figure out if I can successfully dye it. Its' a cotton blend denim and I bought Rit dye in "teal" so I'm not planning on changing the shade too drastically. I just want it a little less shiny and a little more green. Any words of wisdom/warning?



The right and wrong side of the fabric, and the potential color...

Close-up of the shiny-ness
Thanks darlings!

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liza jane
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March 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM delete

What makes it shiny? Are there metallic threads in it? I just wonder what the shiny-ness is made of. Because synthetics won't take rit dye at all. I've tried some synthetic lace and it didn't take the color at all. But the cotton fibers certainly will. I think it should be a nice turquoise in the end. Good luck!

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T. Sedai
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March 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM delete

You can always do a sample swatch before you do the whole thing if you are worried about it... but since it is cotton it will probably take the dye nicely. Good luck, can't wait to see the results!

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Sue
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March 30, 2012 at 4:22 PM delete

Ditto! I do love the idea of teal denim Clovers.

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Rebecca
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March 30, 2012 at 4:53 PM delete

I agree, do a sample piece first. I had an awful experience trying to dye a white sweater navy. It turned into a terrible shade of purple. If there is any spandex in there to give ti stretch, it may not take the dye very well. :]

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Sarah C
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April 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM delete

If the Rit doesn't work try Dylon. They have a few colors at Jo-Ann's including a teal. It will not work on purely synthetic fabrics but it will create a lighter dye shade on natural/synthetic blends.

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Jill
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April 10, 2012 at 9:21 AM delete

Have you tried this yet?

I just dyed a cotton to make a shirt. I used Dylon at first, but didn't use enough, it was really light. Then I bought Tulip (only one available) and used four packets. I used the stove top method and it is still a little light for my taste.
If you use the stove top, the key to not having splotchy dye is to stir the shit outta it!!

Good luck, can't wait to see the outcome!

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