Natural Fibers Work Best
• Cotton, linen, silk, etc. work best, as these fibers will absorb the most color. Please make sure all items you bring are laundered and then well-rinsed to make sure no detergent lingers.
• Different weaves produce different results—a 100% cotton sateen will dye darker than a 100% cotton plain weave.
• Some rayons, ramies and other naturally derived fibers may work, but there’s no guarantee, as it depends on the fiber finishing process.
• Fabrics that are yellowed (even if bleached and thoroughly rinsed beforehand) and stained will produce uneven results, as any lingering discoloration will show up after dyeing.
• Fabrics that already printed sometimes work very nicely—a light yellow become green, red become purple. Just keep in mind the darker the original color printed, the darker overall the outcome will be. It’s worth bringing small samples to test.
• Damasks and other intricate weaves, even lace, can produce some striking effects. But keep in mind, there is no guaranteeing the results—so if it’s a one-of-kind heirloom piece, this is not the place for it!
• We’ll have rubber brands, clothespins, binder clips, etc. on hand, but if you want to tie or stitch up some of your items ahead of time, please get in touch with your local host to confirm.
• You can dye things other than flat fabrics—canvas sneakers, trim and lace, feathers, fur, etc. can all work.
• Flat fabrics work best and in general, pieces that are not too large. This is to avoid air pockets when the item is submerged, as these will interfere with the dye process.
• The color is permanent and will not fade or bleed in the wash. A single bath will produce a lighter blue (depending on how long you leave it submerged for), with the darkest blue generally needing two more bath cycles.
Still Have Questions?
Get in touch with your local host and anything we can’t answer, we’ll forward to Denise!