Oct 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm #1294787
has anyone tried dyeing a nylon garment using vegetable and/or root dye?
i found a pair of patagonia khaki-colored capris on e-bay (that sadly, are no longer made). they're auctioning for $15.
i own an exact pair which are like my right-hand-man if you-will.
ten years running, i can't kill 'em, nor do i wish to, although they're so dangerously thin in places that, if they ripped, could be potentially embarrassing, not to mention they smell to high heavens!
i've been flirting with this dilemma for some time now.
(i just can't seem to find a suitable replacement that fits)!
q: should try doing the knee/a** rienforcement number on the ones i have, or snag this NWT, khaki colored-pair on e-bay for an entirely reasonable $15 and try dyeing them?
i don't do light colors, mainly b/c i can never keep them clean, and if i wear khaki anything this time of year, i'm likley to come home with an arrow in my chest.
i haven't put down a lick of coin, but i wonder too if vegetable-based dyes will run upon washing? and how well does dye work on material other than cotton?
when all is said and done, for the time and money of dyeing, likely i could just jerry rig the oldies? sure the rienforcements would give me another 5 years, no?
any experience/ideas would be much appreciated.
ltOct 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm #1919020
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I accidentally stained some nylon with tea
Then, I wanted to darken some light colored nylon so I tried tea. It worked for a while, but then it washed out after a few washings, still slightly stained
Not really what you're looking for, but that's my experience
It may be that nylon is difficult to dyeOct 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm #1919026
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
I've done tea-staining of white cotton fabrics before (to get ivory-tan), and I've tried to do tea-staining of nylon, but nylon doesn't seem to accept it.
–B.G.–Oct 8, 2012 at 5:37 am #1919096
still a toss up….
ltOct 8, 2012 at 5:53 am #1919099
@antigLocale: Pacific Northwest
If the pants are just some kind of synthetic polyester blend, it would be easier than if it was actually nylon. When dying clothes, you should be doing it in extremely hot water or even boiling water if it would not shrink the garment. One thing you could use as an alternative is coffee. It would eventually wash off but if you launder the clothing with only cold water and flipped inside-out, it would make the color last longer. Not sure if this helps at all.Oct 8, 2012 at 6:04 am #1919104
– -K.T.- –Participant
What don't you like about Rit dye?Oct 8, 2012 at 7:47 am #1919133
No, neither tea nor black walnuts work well on nylon or polyester in my experience.Oct 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm #1919259
thanks matt, those were in fact the candidates i was seriously considering.
i DO in fact believe natural dyes work
unfortunately they work exclusively on natural fibers.
i've since decided to keep my old capris,
just patch 'em and keep truckin'.
ken, for the record…
RIT is about as toxic as oven cleaner.
sorry, no can do.
two words: nature's bounty. :)
ltOct 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm #1919264
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
My young daughter spilled grape juice on a favorite clothing item and the stain would not wash out, what to do? Her and I put a container of grape juice concentrate in a bucket with clean water and soaked the item overnight and then washed the item as normal. The item, now purple, is in her closet to this day (she likes it all the more because we worked on the project together).Oct 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm #1919269
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
How about beets?
I hate beets. Brocolli on the other hand is great…Oct 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm #1919287
thom and jerry!
(he he, that's a hoot) :)
ok, so now that you'vre restored my fait and fire in wanting to at least TRY…
i've thought it all- coffee, beets, grapes,…
but the question remains,
how will any of these work on a SYNTHETIC?
THAT is where i'm most troubled.
if i try it, and i botch it hardcore, then i'm really… you-know-what.
ltOct 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm #1919335
Jeremy and AngelaParticipant
@requiemLocale: Northern California
Nylon supposedly responds to acid dyes (used for protein fibers, e.g. wool). Think food coloring and vinegar. This also means that cold water dyes for cellulose fibers (e.g. cotton) are probably not the best choice. For polyester things get much more interesting, disperse dyes are usually used at high temperatures.
Do you have bits of similar fabric you can test on first?
(Are you talking lye for the oven cleaner, or something else? 'Cause lye is pretty basic.)
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