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Dying rayon
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Date: 11/25/11 4:45 PM

I bought some rayon jersey that is supposed to be a beige/cream color. It's more like computer terminal grey, which is not a good color for me. Is it possible to dye this stuff to a darker color, like dark brown? What kind of dye would I use?

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Date: 11/25/11 9:21 PM

Rayon dyes very nicely with Procion Dyes. Check out Dharma Trading or ProCHem for supplies and directions. Have fun!

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Date: 11/26/11 0:52 AM

Thanks. I'll try that.

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Date: 11/26/11 1:06 AM

Would even be funner if it turned out kind of splotchy.

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Date: 11/26/11 8:02 AM

As Andi said, fiber reactive dyes work great on rayon. Be sure to ask for the printed catalog when ordering from Dharma--it contains the various ways to use the dyes, as well as amounts needed for each color. For even color, stir the dye often--at least every 10 minutes. If you do need to step away for a bit, make sure all the fabric is under water. when I have a bit that isn't submerged for more than a few seconds, that's when I get uneven color. I usually set up a five gallon bucket in the living room so I can watch a movie while I stir.

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Date: 11/26/11 9:09 AM

If you want a very even color, the washing machine is the easiest way to achieve this (Dharma has instructions). If you want a very uneven color, look up "low water immersion dyeing".

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Date: 11/26/11 7:27 PM

I use the low water technique a lot, but I am not going for an even dye job. You can PM me if you need any help. The Pro-Chem site has info in all types of techniques with all sorts of fibers.

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Date: 11/26/11 7:59 PM

Thanks for the information. I have a bottle of brown dye. I will try a swatch and see how it turns out.

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Date: 11/26/11 9:08 PM

mastdenman,

On a whim, I tried using a Space Bag for my last batch of cold water dying. Set it down into the sink, opened it up and everything went into the bag. The bag was long enough that I was able to manipulate the bag to agitate the dye. I've already used the same bag a few times and just rinse between uses.
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I should add that I have an energy efficient front loading machine and haven't wanted to try to dye something in it. Concerned about the results of the dye process and concerned that the characteristics of the wash cycle may leave residue in the machine above the cycle's water line.
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Date: 11/27/11 3:18 AM

Ditto what Nikki said. I used the Procion dye from Dharma Trading in the washing machine and had fabulous results.

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