Mar 13, 2015
I hit the Procion dye bottle again yesterday, readers.
I decided to do a few things differently this time around:
1) I dyed only one shirt (the plaid one), leaving plenty of room to stir my garment.
2) I stirred obsessively.
3) I followed new instructions (from the Procion dye website here). The shirt was in the dye before and after I added the soda ash for nearly an hour each time.
For my dye bath I mixed turquoise and black.
After a lot of rinsing in very hot water, I machine laundered my shirt (alone) with mild detergent. After air drying, it looked like this. I love the rich teal color.
So much better than this.
Now, remember the solid beige shirt I'd dyed streaky maroon and then bleached out with Rit color remover? After I machine laundered it, it lost most of its beet color and now looks rose beige with (subtle) pink blotches.
I'm afraid that if I dye it darker the blotches will be more pronounced. Should I try it or just leave as is? It's subtle now but might look funky darker.
In closing, I feel much more confident about dyeing fabric and very open to doing more of it. Yes, it's time consuming and uses obscene amounts of water, but it is fun.
Have a great day, everybody!