redchilly redchilly
Hi every one. I am new to dyeing. I dyed a silk dress in a
rust color. The color came just the way I wanted them.
But when I steamed the dress, the color was totally gone from several
places. I have lot of white big and small circles. Looks more like
a tie dye. Can some one help me why it happened. So I won't
repeat my mistake. Thanks a lot.
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JennyR JennyR
Can you give us some more information so that we can troubleshoot with you? Which dye did you use, how did you use it? Any clarification would be helpful.

Thanks.
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redchilly redchilly
Colors were green label jacquard dye. I line dry the dress first in the sun.

Wrapped it well with the newspaper before putting in the steamer.
Thanks again for help.
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[Deleted User] [Deleted User]
Hi,

How did you apply the dye? Did you paint it on or immerse the entire piece? Did you prewash the item?

anet
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redchilly redchilly
Yes, the item was pre washed. I immerse the whole piece.
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pburch pburch
How much water did you use, and how much dye? How long did you stir your dress with the dye?

Small amounts of water are good for giving a variegated effect, as in [URL=http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/lowwaterimmersion.shtml][U]low water immersion dyeing[/U][/URL]. However, the usual method for dyeing solid colors involves a large amount of water.

You need lots of water, and lots of stirring, to dye a perfectly smooth solid color. A dress that weighs half a pound when dry will work well when dyed in one and a half gallons of water, plus dye and auxilliary chemicals; a one-pound dress will do better in three gallons of water. A smooth solid color with a hot water dye is best achieved by simmering the garment plus the dye in a very large dyeing pot, and stirring and stirring, rather than by wrapping the garment up and steaming it. Steaming is a great method for heat setting after painting a design with dye.

If you want to create a perfectly smooth solid color on a silk dress, you will do better with carefully following a good recipe, preferably using a washing machine for the constant stirring, for either Procion MX dyes with soda ash, or Jacquard [URL=http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/instructions1.php][U]Acid Dyes[/U][/URL] with a mild acid such as vinegar. It is possible to immersion dye with Green Label Silk Colors, which contain [URL=http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/remazol.shtml][U]Remazol[/U][/URL] dyes pre-mixed with an acid, but these dyes are really designed for painting designs with dyes.

-Paula
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