Saturday, January 4, 2014

Fabric and Trim Dyeing

Just before Christmas I needed to pot dye a mundane shirt. I had some over-bright braid and trim that I thought I would throw in too. The gold braid seemed to be mostly cotton, but I was pretty sure that the lace and ric-rac braid were predominantly polyester.

The trim pre-dye
I dyed the shirt and the braids in a pot on the stove for about twenty minutes. I used some left over liquid dye (brown) and some powder dye in navy. The resulting colour was an aubergine brown. I rinsed the braid and shirt until the water ran clear.
The trim after dyeing

Although the result on the poly-blend braids is very subtle, I am happy with the result and much more likely to use the trim on garb now.

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