Wool Gets a New Look
Spring may be here in some parts of the country, but where we are it is still snowing. We want to be warm while having a pop of colour that reminds us of warmer weather. The solution is to dye our winter white wool more cheerful colours; the addition of colour make such a big difference.
- Tintex fabric dye of choice
- Plastic cover to protect workspace
- Rubber (or plastic) gloves
- Measuring cup
- Container to mix dye
- Plastic bucket or stainless steel sink
- Kettle or microwave or the hottest water from the tap
- Paper towel (optional for testing dye colour)
Dyeing Project Instructions:
- Reduce shrinkage: make an outline of the garment before dyeing
- Mix Dyeing Solution: dissolve required amount of dye in hot water *check garment care label to know how hot water can be (some garments can only tolerate slightly warm water, Tintex works best with the hottest water a garment can tolerate)
- Dyeing: add the clean wet garment to enough water, so it moves freely and is completely covered
- Cool Down: allow garment to cool in dye bath until lukewarm, stir constantly (but avoid twisting) for at least 30 minutes
- Rinsing: rinse in lukewarm water and cold water, until water is clear (you could drain and then refill with clean water if using a sink)
- Squeeze Gently: remove as much water as possible (don't wring or twist). If needed, you could blot garment with a old dark towel: roll garment and towel together while pressing down gently (the towel will help absorb excess water). Repeat if necessary.
- Dry: lay garment flat after matching pre-dyeing outline
- Clean Up: clean container or sink using an appropriate cleanser, bleach and clean water.