This happened a couple of months ago, but for the sake of completeness I want to add it to my blog. It also shows how dyeing often needs a relaxed & experimental attitude, patience and lots of confidence!
To make the story clearer, rather than redoing it all stage by stage, I’m just going to mostly copy the posts I made on naturalmamas forum at the time… I hope it makes sense!
Post 1 – Bit of a Tsunami … 😦
Sorry for woeful rant, but I think I’m having a bit of a waves-based disaster
This afternoon I’ve been trying to turn my cassis waves into a sort of forest fruits wrap. The cassis colours are red, blue and white, but they give a shades of blue and purple effect. I decided that if I dyed them a yellowy green, then they’d get a sort of shades of green and brown effect and it’d be all foresty and earthy looking. But I’ve totally lost my dylon mojo So far the dye just isn’t sticking right and the white bits are pukey greenish and the blue bits are muddy blue, and the red bits are a yukky bricky colour, and its having the effect of making me want to hide. It’s totally failing to look like it did in my head
It’s in the wash again, and I’m going to see what it looks like when it dries, but I’m really scared it’s going to come out awful and I’m going to have to strip it and then loose the contrast of the waves
…so it’s out of the machine, still damp but I took pics anyway… It looks quite ill, like it got dunked in a swamp, but since the colour didn’t dye very strongly I think I’ve got away with keeping the waves contrast and just need to over dye it.
So since I’ve totally lost my confidence with dyeing, I’m going to machine dye it next time – what colour should I go for? I’m thinking just something like dylon amazon green, and then at least I should get some nice green shades, even if the other bits don’t quite go to plan. Or should i try a lemony yellow (by way of blue + yellow = green), or might that just go all a bit mustardy coz of the greenish already there? Help!
Thanks mamas! Though I think the pics are a bit flattering compared to how it actually looks! It’s not what I’m really after yet, but I’m feeling better about giving it another go
I wish I knew what went wrong + why it didn’t stick right…
You’d think, but I weighed it as 550g of fabric and used 2 green and 1 yellow pack of hand dye (should do 250g fabric each). I was scared I’d used too much! And I remembered the salt and I’d prewashed in synthrapol so I’m all bemused about what happened. Hence it must be bad dylon mojo
Anyway…. it’s in a green machine bath atm so fingers crossed…..
Post 5 – After machine dyeing with full pack of Dylon Tropical Green
I must be thinking about this the wrong way.
Now it looks like this:
Which is still too swampy for me, and in fact looks worse than before. I think I’ll try one more time, but with dark green and see what happens. And then maybe panic again
Back to the dye shop…..
I’ve ordered even more dye + will post results next week. I’m now scared that this poor didy will be super crunchy by the end of all this, but I guess that means more motivation to sort it out so I wear it lots and lots!
So now it’s in the wash with 1/2 a pack of dark green, and I’m then going to wash/rinse it for most of the rest of the day to get all these chemicals out and hopefully by tomorrow I’ll have something I like
Post 9 – After machine bath with 1/2 pack of Dylon Dark Green
I think it’s worked! It’s still wet, but looking much better It’s no longer a swamp and is sort of a lovely foresty green, which is just what I was after. The flash on the pics is washing the colour out a bit, it’s closest to the last one, but looks more rich greeny irl.
Can’t wait for it to dry to see it properly in daylight
Post 10 – Yay it worked!
Thanks! I’m just so relieved I like it now – at least all the stress was worth it in the end
Action Pic (taken by a 5 yr old so a bit wonky ):
I totally love the colour of this wrap now – it’s lovely and rich and warm and earthy and foresty and makes me feel all natural and grounded 😀 Definitely worth all the stress!
I’ve also learned to be open minded about the results of dying, and willing to try try try again and either live with less-than-perfect results, or to work out how to solve them…. It’s all good in the end 😀