Friday, April 10, 2009
Cooking with Rit tan dye
Too bad we aren't making cookies today!!! Maybe tomorrow. Today I want to show you how to overdye chenille trim. I love chenille trim. It can cover a ton of imperfections when putting together a sewing box or pincushion. I'm working on a pincushion for the next loose feather pattern and I need the chenille trim....but I want it over dyed. White just won't work for this project. I thought this is the perfect time to show you how I do this. First I get my trusty spaghetti jar. Really any jar is fine. This just happens to be a good size. Fill it about 1/3 full with hot tap water. (Or give it a minute in the microwave.)
Put 3 tablespoons of the dye into the hot water. Put the cap on the jar and shake the dye to dissolve all of the dye crystals. If you don't do this you will see red and yellow tiny spots on your trim.
Add the chenille trim.
Put the cap back on the jar and shake the trim in the dye bath.
I want my trim evenly dyed...so I shook this quite a bit. If a mottled appearance is what you're looking for, don't shake the trim in the dye bath as much. I left it in the dye bath for about a minute.
Take the trim out, rinse and squeeze out the excess water. Hang to air dry. When it's dry it turns out fluffy.
This sewing box was a class project Barb and I taught this past year. The papier-mâché boxes we use are not always made perfectly. Any uneven areas in the lid are hidden with the chenille trim. The trim is glued around the edge of the papier-mâché box and gives a finished look. I over dye rick rack and ribbons using this same method. It's a great way to handle dyeing small trims. When you are done put the lid back on the jar and you can save the dye for a period of time....I wouldn't save it for 5 years...but it should last for a month or so.
Warning....make sure the jar is labeled dye bath...or poison...or dangerous....so your kids won't think you made them some ice tea.
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