I usually read and follow directions when trying a new product. For example, the instructions that came with my saute pan, read all fourteen pages. The rules for dominoes? Read them twice to make sure I knew how to keep score correctly. The directions for Rit dye? Skimmed them and promptly ignored what I just read.
The key to using powdered dye (and I assume the same for the liquid) is to make sure the dye is thoroughly dissolved and mixed with a pot of hot water. I poured the first packet of teal dye into lukewarm water, stirred it a few times and threw in two sweaters.
Lesson #2: Dye one item at a time. Or else you get splotchy sweaters
Lesson #3: Dye it in a large pot on the stove so the water stays hot. I think this is what activates the dye. I splashed
a lot some on the white counter top and dish towels, but it didn’t stain since it got cold. I would still recommend changing into something you wouldn’t mind getting messed up before you dye anything. I decided that getting the water boiling was good enough and turned the burner off after 10 minutes.
Lesson #4: Stir frequently (every 5 minutes) so you don’t burn the shirt. Just kidding (about the burning part). I think this is to prevent the dye from settling in one spot.
Combine all of these mistakes and you get a splotchy sweater. Needless to say, this is going back into the donate pile. Or is it so bad that it should go into the throw away pile?
Cotton sips up a lot of color while it is cooking. Notice how the bottom picture looks like a squid just squirted itself and the other looks like tea.
I was satisfied with the results of the latter projects and plan on dyeing a few more things. Mostly my favorite black clothes to make them look new again. Are you inspired to refresh any of your favorites clothes by splashing them in a new color?