Substituting Dye Colours

Have a colour problem? The solution is often using core Tintex fabric dyes. Sometime while dyeing you may need to substitute one colour for another. The Dye Colour Guide has more information about making new colours.

Using a smaller amount of any darker dye from the same colour family can create a lighter colour or even pastel that can be close to what you need for your project. You can also make bolder colours by using more fabric dye.  The choose is yours.

You can also mix a couple of colours together to make the shade that you need. If you don't have access to forest or kelly green fabric dye, just remember that blue + yellow = green (example: royal blue + brilliant yellow = green) you can use any of the Tintex blues in any amount.  The more blue you use the more blue-green the result will be. You can make your own custom colour on the fly using dyes that you already have at home.

Of course you can access all of the Tintex core colours online 24/7 at the dye shop. It is good to have a dye kit containing basic primary colours and/or neutrals. If you have primary colours (example: royal blue, brilliant yellow and scarlet red) and neutral dye colours (example: black & brown) you will be able to make almost any colour at home. 

Grey Sweater

If you wanted to dye a sweater grey you colour either use charcoal grey or black to get the same dark effect.  A small amount of black will create grey. It is always ideal to test fabric colour before dyeing a large amount of fabric.

You can use a small piece of fabric from an unseen area or even a light coloured piece of paper towel to get an idea of the dye colour.  You can also start lighter and add more dye if needed to intensify the colour.  

Colour Remover can be used at any time after dyeing to lighten the base colour back to ivory or off-white. You will always get results that are closer to box colour when your fabric is white or ivory to begin with.

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