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Date: 2/19/10 10:30 PM

I recently purchased some peacock blue wool coating that was discolored. I didn't realize it had this problem until after I had already cut out the jacket pattern pieces. I can't get more of the fabric, so I'm going to try dying it. I have a few questions that I'm hoping someone out there can help with.

1) What kind of dye should I look for? It's a very bright blue and I'm pretty sure the fabric is 100% wool. The fabric is very thick - coat weight - with the right side looking felted. The wrong side looks woven, not felted. I know that it will be darker, which is fine, but I'm not sure about what color would be best to make it a pleasant looking color.

2) Would it be better if I dyed the pattern pieces unsewn or should I dye the jacket after I've assembled it (leaving off the lining until the end)?

Thanks for any help!
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Date: 2/19/10 11:08 PM

Go to Earthguild.com. Great craft site. They carry a selection of good fabric dyes and the sales people will help you pick the right one if you give them a call.

I'm a spinner, so here's my recommendation based on my experience. Dye in pieces in plenty of water so that they can float freely - this will help the the dye to distribute evenly. Don't cram the pieces into a small pot - crowding will limit dye uptake and result in splotching. Don't sew the pieces together ahead of time for the same reason, even if you use a large pot. The key is to make sure the fabric surfaces are adequately exposed to the dye, which means using a large pot and plenty of water. Also, be sure to do the job all in one batch to avoid the old "different dye lot" problem.

Since this is wool you'll need to be careful to avoid fulling if you use hot water. Stir carefully during the dyeing process to help distribute the dye evenly, but don't agitate or the wool will full.

Beth
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Date: 2/21/10 9:28 AM

Hi,

I also dye fabric often and used to dye wool and cotton to knit with. That is all in the stash waiting for me to start knitting again of course!

Dharma Trading also has all of the information you will need to buy, dye wool - great instructions. You can also use RIT dye I am pretty sure.

Wool is a protein - so you cannot use dyes used for plants (linen and cotton for example) Procion dyes will work I am pretty sure. I also use dyes from CREATEX - which I buy from art supply stores online (Dick Blick and Jerry's Artarama) since I mostly buy oilpaint = i am a portrait artist.

All of these dye companies include great instructions online as well as within their packaging.

Good luck!

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Date: 2/21/10 11:28 AM

I wouldn't recommend RIT because it tends to fade.

Beth

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Date: 2/21/10 12:57 PM

My experience with dyeing is that if you apply the same process to fabrics that are different colors, they will still end up different colors unless you go very very dark.

Paula Burch's web site is where I go for information on dyeing. You might want to post your questions on her forum.

Edited to say I totally agree with Beth, I would avoid RIT dye for anything that will be laundered or cleaned - it's not colorfast.
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Date: 2/21/10 2:45 PM

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>Paula Burch's web site is where I go for information on dyeing. You might want to post your questions on her forum.

Thanks for the link - that's a good site.

Beth
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Date: 2/22/10 9:57 AM

I would go to the Dharma Trading site and read up on acid dyes for immersion dyeing. you have to go darker in color, unless you plan on trying to discharge the color, which is a whole new kettle of fish and chemicals.

Wool is going to shrink alot...especially since most acid wool dyes need a temperature of 150 degrees to set the color.

good luck with plan b

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Date: 2/22/10 11:34 PM

An even dye job won't fix the problem as dyes are transparent. Fabric that thick is going to be harder to dye with any consistency even if the dyes were opaque. I would consider some kind of surface application of dyes that takes into consideration where the discoloration is.

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Date: 2/24/10 4:31 AM

Is the discoloration visible on both sides? Is it possible to use the wrong side as the right- (reverse whole jacket) and so avoid the hot water altogether?
Not the solution wanted-but maybe plan B?
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