I've been wanting to get my dye on for the longest time. In my most recent attempt, I bought some Dylon (and 1kg salt) but my dreams were dashed faster than you can say cold water only washing machine. I almost forgot about the whole thing until I attended a launch party for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a couple of weeks ago.
Between munching on giant meringues and tiny breakfast pastries I heard Annie talk about dyeing fabric by just diluting the paint in some water. I died. I was miraculously revived and when I was kindly sent some sample pots to play with you know exactly what I did.
I. DYED. EVERYTHING.
Pillow cases, scarves, random pieces of fabric. You name it, it got dyed.
Finally, after a week of dye buckets in every room of the house and colourful fabric hanging over every door, I decided to actually make something useful. Enter these napkins. (And yes, everyone was relieved that this little experiment was wrapping up.)
Here's what I learned.
Fold: Technique wise, I mixed it up so that every napkin has a different pattern. If you're new to dyeing check out this folding guide.
Dip: For the soft colour, the ratio I found work best is 1 teaspoon of paint to 1 litre of water. For a deeper colour I would suggest leaving your fabric in the dye a little longer or redipping when it has dried.
Dry and Wash: Wash as normal but make sure that your first wash is separate in case of any colour bleeding.
That's really all there is to it! It's possibly the best way to ease into 'real' dyeing. Have you ever dyed anything using this technique? If so, A. Why didn't you tell me and B. How did it go?
I'm also really interested to make some natural dyes next. Any tips?