Jenny La Fleur
silk saga part3 - Jenny La Fleur
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silk saga part3
Checked the silk and it was still too light nor did the color compliment the velvet. The truly discouraging news is that the second dye bath (with three precious PM dye packets) didn't turn the silk that much darker. My "pretty good mood" is evaporating away quickly. I'm not ready to give up in an hysteric fit yet though.

I washed the silk in ivory snow. I didn’t get much color in the wash water so that is a good sign. It means the color is there to stay and I rinsed it well enough yesterday. I combined the silk with the remaining 4 packets of dye. If that isn't dark enough I'll have to make another trip to PM or wait for my Jo-Anns to get more dye in. It's my dumb luck that I stumbled upon the perfect color during my test so I know it can be done. I'm assuming that dyeing over and over again will work. It better.

…checking silk…

It looks a bit darker but not much. It’s only been in for 15 minutes though. I think I’m just going to leave it there for a few hours. I really don’t want to have to buy more dye if I can help it.

Oh yeah, and I think I may be getting sick too. My sore throat of yesterday feels like it's turning into another sinus head cold. I so do not need to be sick right now! Hopefully it’s just a sore throat and some sinus issues. I get those a lot (plus migraines) in the damp, changeable weather we have been having lately. Fun, fun!

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From: misscrabtree Date: April 8th, 2004 12:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Jenny, I am not that experienced with dye bit I think the process cuts off at a certain point. You know, like hair dye. I think you can to only so far with he process. Maybe if you go to the company website and snoop around there might be some info. If not email them. I had an issue with RIT dye a while ago and when I emailed them I received some good info. Another thing is -- are you sure this is 100% natural fabric? If it is not that could cause a problem. As only natural fibers can be dyed. Finally, silk may dye differently than cotton, I suggest you check out information on dyeing 100% silk and its process.


jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 8th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks for your suggestions. Unfortunately I had thought of most of them already.

I suspect that not taking the time to rinse and wash the silk before putting it in the second dye bath was to blame. I also should have left it in longer.

Dylon's website was pretty useless, especially for silk dyeing. Hadn’t thought about e-mailing (duh!) My fabric is 100% silk, according to all the labeling (well I can't read the Chinese text!).

I did do some research before I bought anything (and again before I did anything this morning although I didn't find anything helpful the second time around). That book you sent me was especially helpful - thanks! Union dyes (Dylon and Rit ect) work with silk, although it's not the best as they are not specifically designed for protein fibers. The package itself said silk and wool come out lighter in color.

I know I can get it to the shade I want as I tested it. I was really guessing on how much dye and salt to use with my little test piece and I apparently used an extremely concentrated dye bath to achieve my perfect color. Lesson learned there!
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: April 8th, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh--I'm so sorry Jenny that this is turning into a nightmare for you! :p Is there any way you could darken it by adding a different dye color? Maybe I'm really off base though--haven't tried dying fabric yet. ;)

Miss C.
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