Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A little dye info

Color Perfect - Amethyst Purple  Every year I say I am going to try some  fabric dying....snow dying, ice dying, etc.  And the snow comes and I don't have the supplies.  With the big jump/increases in the cost of backing fabric, I think it is time to give this thing a try.
   So, to my shopping list I am adding a bolt of extra wide white muslin, and RIT dye.   Dana at Stormy Days has been dying fabric (and hands) such lovely shades of colors for her backings for a while.  And over at the Quilt Rat, Jill just showed her experiment using RIT dyes.  And I love the crinkled effect she achieved.
    According to the RIT website, the liquid is more concentrated and pre-dissolved.  It can be used the same way as the powder.
 
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5 comments:

  1. It has been many years (decades) since I used Rit Dye. Are you worried at all about bleeding and fading?
    Back before reproduction fabrics were readily available in my area I volunteered as an historical re-enactor at a local heritage center. I made period correct clothing for my family to wear, and several times I had to overdye the fabric to get it to a more historically correct shade. I know this clothing saw a lot of wear and tear and washing, but the dyes faded dramatically within the first few years of use. That has made me a bit leery of using dye anymore. What have you learned from others whop have used it? I'm curious if it is more durable now.

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  2. It will be fun to watch your dye experiments. Tye-Dye has lasted for decades. Creative Dyeing Bliss...

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  3. I have used Rit Dye to dye fiber for spinning to make yarn. It dyes bamboo amazingly well. I have also used it for some cotton items and it worked well for that also.

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  4. I can't wait to see how your adventure turns out. I used the granulated Rit Dye years ago and would love to hear about your experience with the liquid.

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  5. I can't wait to hear how your experience with dye works out. I prefer something other than a white/natural backing, but I'll be making a king-sized quilt that needs 120" backing ... and all I can find in that size is muslin. I never thought about dying the muslin, so I'm interested in how it works for you. Good luck!

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