‘D’ is for dyeing.
It’s great around the home too. A dyeing fan recently boasted about buying a cheap second hand sofa with off cream covers. She dyed them China Blue and it now has pride of place in her living room. Now that’s what we call savvy!
The nice thing is that dyeing is simple. Oh, and remember to buy salt. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting home excited about a new colour only to find that you can’t do your dyeing that day!
Always read the instructions. The instructions on the dye packs are easy to follow but each step is important if you want to get an even, full colour.
For machine wash dyes, you must be certain that your item can be washed at 40°C. If you’re not sure, then use hand wash dyes.
Machine wash dyes are suitable for linen, cotton and viscose. If these are mixed with a synthetic fibre, you will not get the full colour. It will be paler. Completely synthetic fabrics or fabrics with special finished do not take dye.
Make sure you use the right amount of dye for the weight of fabric you’re dyeing – a packet of hand use dye is suitable for up to 250g of fabric and a pack of machine dye is suitable for up to 600g of fabric.
Check the DYLON website if you want to read the instructions before you buy http://www.dylon.co.uk/products/dyes/
If you’re full of dyeing enthusiasm, check out @dyetodye on Twitter or www.facebook.com/DYLONFabricDyes.
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