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Hello to all lovers of fabric painting!

Today I want to talk about dyeing fabrics. Why is this necessary when any color choice is available in fabric stores today?

Well, there is no definite answer to this question. Firstly, someone may not be satisfied with the standard color, I want a tone a little softer or darker ...

Secondly, sometimes you just need to color a small piece of it, why spend the extra money?

In addition, this is a good way to practice nodular technique (only there you have to pull the fabric with ropes and knots).

Before dyeing the fabric, it is necessary to wash it in order to get rid of the impregnation with which the new fabric is covered in textile factories. Flax and cotton are best boiled in a soap-soda solution (half an hour - 45 minutes). Be sure to rinse the fabric well after that!

If you are going to paint a thing, you need to remove metal parts (buttons) from it, and possibly even open the lock. If this is not done, do not be surprised then to stains of rust on the product.

Preparation of utensils for dyeing fabric

It is best to do this in an enameled dish - a bucket, a large pan, a tank, so that the fabric or product fits comfortably in a container, without tamping. Otherwise, the fabric may stain unevenly. If you managed to get only aluminum dishes or galvanized, get rid of the scum on its walls.

Fabric dyeing water

The best water for this purpose is rain or thawed snow. If in the last rain you did not have time to get some water, then soften hard water with ammonia (1 tablespoon per 10 liters of water).

Do not forget to cook a thick wooden stick (preferably two), which can easily turn your fabric over and even lift it.

Dyes

It all depends on what you managed to get. It is clear that different dyes will be used for each type of fabric, for example, it can be aniline dyes. All this should be written in the instructions.

Do not forget that only the white material will become the same color as indicated on the package with the dye. Colored fabric can behave unpredictably, become darker, richer, or even a different color.

The amount of dye (packaging) also depends on the size of the product or piece of fabric.

How to dye the fabric?

Dilute the dye in very warm water in a small jar. Now it needs to be filtered through gauze to remove lumps. And only then we add the concentrated liquid to the main water. The fabric (item) must be completely covered with water.

Important! Soak the fabric before dyeing in warm water! This will ensure uniform staining. Squeeze, straighten and immerse in a container with dye. Then we do everything according to the instructions with the dye packaging.

The more often you “stir” and spread the fabric in the dye, the less likely it is that spots and stripes will form.

After 30-45 minutes, put on gloves, wring the cloth and wash it in warm water with a little addition of powder.

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