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Date: 8/14/12 6:47 PM

I tried dying white linen green, but only got a lighter green. Used the navy blue over that, hoping for a blue or blue green. What I got was a truly ugly shade of grey. So the linen was majorly bleached today. And the fabric is now.... a soft yellow. Actually it isn't a bad color. So I have 2 choice, try and dye it blue again, over the yellow. Or try the dye remover, and then try dyeing it blue again. Or, alternately, just leaving the yellow color and simply not meddling with it again at this time. And this is all with Rit dyes. I know higher end procion dyes would be better, but I didn't have time to order them and figure out how to use them. I'm not averse to ordering some of them later and trying again to get a good color. Any suggestions folks.
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Date: 8/14/12 7:07 PM

Some dyes will not discharge all the way. If your fabric is yellow now, you can dye it green, but blue will tend to head in the green direction. If the colors that you are getting are too light, use a lot more dye. Like 2-4 times more dye at least.

To keep the colors clear, try to find a green dye or a turquoise dye. Dyes mix on the cyan-magenta-yellow wheel, where blue = magenta + cyan and green=cyan + yellow. So blue+green = magenta+yellow+cyan = grey.


Are you doing this in the washer? Procion can be used in the washer in nearly the same way, you just need to pick up some salt (ice cream salt from the grocery store works) and soda ash (can be found at dye supply places).

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Date: 8/14/12 7:21 PM

Ah, that helped make some sense of my dyeing mess. Yes, I am doing this in the washer, trying to do 4 yards of fabric anywhere else would be a bad idea in my house. I don't have time to order any procion dyes, the skirt from this fabric needs to be sewn by Friday. I'm torn between trying another round of Rit or just leaving the yellow until I can buy the better stuff. At least I know to try the turquoise dye this time to avoid that truly nasty shade of grey.
Mary

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