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Date: 9/10/13 1:50 PM

I puchased a length of Shetland Wool from FabricMart a while back and it turned out NOT to be the most flattering shade of camel for my skintone. It's lovely wool - there have been a few threads discussing it and how to felt it but nothing really about dying.

Does anyone have any experience with dying this sort of fabric? Should the current color (mid range camel with yellow undertones that would look best on a blonde like Robert Redford) impact the dye color choice? I'm thinking going for either black or chocolately brown (best for me: fairskinned brunette). Navy or burgundy would also work for a coat.

Suggestions? Thoughts? Anything?

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Date: 9/10/13 10:54 PM

It's very hard to home dye fabric a deep, even black. The current color of your fabric will definitely make a difference in the final color of your fabric. Black dye is most likely to dull the current color of your cloth. Brown will most likely blend with the current color and give a browned camel color. I can't see where you live as I write but this time of year in the mid Atlantic area black walnut trees are dropping their nuts. They make a fast dark brown dye with no need for a mordant to fix the color. If you're the adventurous type, you could try using black walnut hulls for the dye. In any case don't use Rit or other "supermarket" dyes. Take a look at the Dharma Trading website (http://www.dharmatrading.com/) . They have lots of good info about dyes, dying, and will help you figure out how much of what type of dye you need for your fabric. This will give you the best chance of coming out with good results.

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Date: 9/11/13 7:08 AM

Jacquard acid dyes work very well on wool and they can be set with vinegar. As was just suggested Dharma Trading company has good selection and information.

Black walnut hulls are also great too, as suggested. (If you need some, PM me I can send you some a bit later in the fall when they have dried enough to ship, I have about a million of them), but they are a stain, not a true dye. Color results can vary due to the hulls themselves and if you're OK with not being sure how the color will exactly come out, they are great. The color will lighten up a bit with every cleaning. It's not necessarily a bad thing and makes for soft interesting colors. I love them and use them a lot, but it's not an exact process. They also smell interesting.

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Date: 9/11/13 8:58 AM

As previous poster mentioned, black is very hard to get right. I'd go with brown. I've had really good results with Dharma Acid Dyes, but you'll need a pot big enough to fit the length of fabric (Acid dyes must be 'cooked').

good luck!

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Date: 9/14/13 0:45 AM

Interesting process, this dying of fabric. I left a comment on the Rit website and they advised I should stay in the same /similar color family and go darker. I have a lobster cooking pot - but while its very large, I don't think that it would hold 3+ yards of coating wool and still allow enough circulation for even color. My HE frontloader is virtually brand new and i am leary of running the dye through it and my tubs are not enamelled.

I am totally chickening out!
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Date: 9/14/13 0:48 AM

Thanks for the offer! If i decide I am adventurous enough, I'll let you know :)

I had no idea you could make a dye with black walnut shells! So interesting...

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