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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fabric Dye Fail

Moving to a new house means that some things that formerly worked perfectly may not work at all in the new space.  Such was the case for these linen look-alike curtains in a soft sand colour.

We have windows in every single room that need curtains so in an effort to reuse and recycle I thought I"d try dyeing these curtains.  I wanted something dark blue so I went with Rit Dye in Royal Blue.

Since our washing machine needs to be replaced I wasn't afraid to go that route (and secretly hoped it would stain the machine so I could replace it:)

Pour powder into a container and add 250 ml (2 cups) of hot water and a little salt.


Add the mixture to the hot water in your washing machine, immerse fabric and let it run through the cycle.  Pop it in the dryer and you are done like dinner!

BUT the promised Royal Blue looks more like Faded Denim Blue and is NOT what I had in mind.


I'm going to give it another try with a black dye and see if we can fix the problem but in the meantime there is someone who approves!


Meet My New Sponsor - Flavour Design

Way back when I owned a retail store I was introduced to Flavour Design and immediately started carrying their amazing products.  Theirs were some of the very best sellers in the store and to this day the Baby Buddha Bowl is still my #1 go-to whenever I need to buy a present.  

Flavour Design is the brainchild of a talented young entrepreneur in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.  Her designs are unique and contemporary and no home should be without them, seriously.  We use them daily in our house.

I'm not alone in my love of the Buddha Bowls.  Oprah magazine featured them on the O List...impressive!!  

Take a look at the range of gorgeous products or check out Flavour Design website.






Come back on Friday when Flavour Design will host a giveaway.

29 comments:

  1. well at least the cat is content, and that's really all that matters! ;)

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  2. aww, sleepy puppies are my favorite.

    Sorry about the curtains. Dye freaks me out. I have a failed painted chair that looks like acid washed denim. I think we are trying to start a new design trend.

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  3. well at least it is a nice denim blue???

    PS I LOVE those bowls!! Must try and remember to come back on Friday!

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  4. You'll figure out a way to make it work, Carol! Kudos on finding a way to repurpose and reuse!

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  5. On the bright side, it's a nice even dye job. So once you get the color worked out, you'll know that it'll be done well. Love those bowls! And can I say that I'm in love with their little logo girl? I'd buy there products just for the boxes. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait til Friday.

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  6. Awww...sweet puppy. I'm too afraid to try and dye anything...hope it works for you the second time.

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  7. Your daughters dresser is to die for...stunning..you always blow me away!
    I am very curious to see how those curtains turn out!...But the blue colour does look great with pup!... I actually like the colour.
    Those Flavour Design Latte Bowls are wonderful....I am drinking a latte right now out of my white latte cup...but I may need to buy those!

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  8. Can't wait to see how the colour comes out in round 2 for the curtains!

    I have one of the ramen bowls - won it in a loonie/toonie auction, but never knew what it was called!

    Congratulations on the new sponsor. Awesome!!!

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  9. Too bad the colour wasn't what you wanted, but it looks like the dye worked really well otherwise. I have a stack of old curtains that I don't have a use for in our new house, so I may just try dying them!

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  10. dying fabric is very difficult... I've tried and have had a few misses and wins

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  11. Cool sponsor! Gotta check them out! I never have been successful at dying fabric. How is it that people make it look easy?!

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  12. All my die-ing dy-ing (sp?) efforts have ended in tie dye. The faded blue is pretty but I'll be interested in seeing your new blue. Those bowls look really interesting. (It occurs to me with texting and buddha bowls that our thumbs are suddenly getting a good work-out!)

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  13. I had this exact same fail a while back. My aunt, who knows these things, says RIT sucks. I can't remember the name of the good dye, but I can ask her if you want! Just email me or comment over at my blog.

    Heather

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  14. What a great idea for a bowl! Good luck on your next dye try.

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  15. Yikes! You have reinforced my fear of fabric dyes. Fortunately your dog loves that denim look. Maybe his style is more country?

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  16. I've never had good luck with RIT dyes- seems like it's hard to get a good true color.

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  17. I had a bad dye experience a while ago. It stinks that you went through the trouble and then it didn't turn out like you wanted! At least your dog likes it!

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  18. so i've been meaning to comment on the dresser makeover that you posted but Baby Ian seems to always need me when I start to write a comment! anyway, i loved it and coincidentally, i saw something similar on a design show this past weekend. i definitely thought of you then. ok, about this post, you're brave to attempt to dye the curtains, but they did get some stain so maybe the black will be spot on. i'm sure you'll let us know how it goes. great sponsor too! xx

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  19. Have you thought to redye with the blue again? Going from an off white to a dark blue may take a try or two?? I am afraid the black will give you a grey color. just a thought - coming from someone who can't seem to get her hair color right! It is like color wheel roulette!

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  20. Wonder if the water was hot enough. Seems like I read somewhere that the water has to be REALLY hot to match the color on the box...can't wait to see how the black does.

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  21. I have never had luck dying anything. Sometimes you need more than one box! As for the Flavour Design, I love the Buddha Bowl - have seen them but never actually had one. Had no idea they were local! Can't wait for the giveaway!

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  22. You probably needed hotter water and 2 or 3 boxes of dye for the amount of fabric you had. I'm sure if you give it another go, they'll turn out perfectly! :)

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  23. How did your machine cope with the dying? I've got some pale cream throws that I would love to turn blue but our machine is new so I am a little scared! I actually like the soft denim colour of yours! I am also beyond impressed with the clever designs from Flavour Design!

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  24. Okay, so I asked my aunt for you, and she says that these are the dyes that work (but cautions they are only for natural fabrics--I think the Ritva is cotton or mostly cotton): http://www.dickblick.com/products/procion-mx-fiber-reactive-cold-water-dye/
    I think she saw them on amazon also, not sure if dick blick is in or ships to Canada. She also says to read the instructions, and that you need the soda ash stuff, too. Won't harm the washing machine. Try them out!

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  25. Hi carol
    I feel your pain-I am also a fabric nut- I work in a very small design center- and drive myself nuts when new sample books arrive- A note on the dyed curtains -
    black dye really comes out grey so they may end up with a muddy look but hey nothing ventured nothing gained
    cheers

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  26. Too bad about the dye! I was going to try and dye some stuff at one point, and was doubtful about getting the colour even... at least they're not blotchy! Maybe you can Craigslist them! ;)

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  27. I did quite a bit of dyeing this summer for an art installation and found that darker colours needed to be died in almost boiling hot water. And for that amount of fabric you'd probably need 3-4 boxes and quite a bit of salt (1/2 cup). And if your curtains have any polyester in them, then the dye is not going to take well at all. I agree with others who posted about the black during them a dingy grey. But maybe grey's the perfect colour! Good luck. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  28. The result of dying often lies in the composition of the fabric. Natural fabrics such as cotton and linen die very well. But the higher the synthetic content, the lower the color saturation will be. Some synthetic fabrics cannot be died at all. The fibers just won't take in the color. Sorry for the bad news...

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  29. I've tried this in the past and always had similar results. Many have suggested using more boxes. Let us know how it turns out.
    New follower and fellow Canadian.

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