Judy L's UFO Challenge

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Overdye Experiment

A friend gave me a roll of fabric. When I saw it I liked the print but the pink background was meh. I thought I'm going to take this and try overdying it to a plum color.

i started googling about the process and found sights that showed base colors, dre colors used and the results. While researching this I realized the pattern was going to take on color too. I decided to forge ahead before I chickened out. I decided to go with a blue.

i was at Walmart and decided to see what they had in the way of dye. I found a royal blue. I decided if I was going to experiment why not go for it. I also picked a purple.

The instructions say to use steaming hot water in a bucket and stir constantly for 15 minutes. Then occasionally for 45 minutes. Too much trouble! I threw the dye and salt in my top loader on bulky setting. After it dissolved, which was almost immediately, I added the fabric and let it agitate for 15 minutes. I stopped the cycle and turned the machine off and on every 15 minutes for 45 minutes. I let the cycle finish then washed and dried the fabric.

Here are my results. The original is on the right.

As I was typing this I thought a rose color would have been fun to try. Next time. I'll come back later and show the purple.




patty a. said...

That turned out great! I like the fabric much better. It will interesting to see the purple results.

Chantal L. said...

I'm confused! Looking at these pictures, one would think you had used the purple dye but then you say "back later and show the purple". I read it twice and still not sure. Which color did you use to dye this lovely fabric? The blue? I seriously thought it was the purple. It makes it look more like civil war fabric. Interested in seeing the rest of your experiments. Have fun. ;^)