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Tips on dying
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DCM    Posted 11-09-2004 at 17:06:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am about to recover an old steamer trunk and the local sewing shop can supply 12oz. canvas material that is natural color(off white),need to make it a certain color before application. Is there anything about dyeing material thatI should know that would be helpful including process of coloring material.Dan in AB

Dennis Smith    Posted 11-10-2004 at 08:45:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am a retired textile dyer, I would caution you in one area, go slow, and if you use heat, go slow and do not try to speed up the process. You should be able to get a good level dyeing but the MAIN thing is the class of dye and the color that you need and the depth of color. What type of material do you plan to use? And how are you going to dye it? You state that it is canvas, is it 100% cotton? If it is you should be able to use Direct Dyes. These dyes are Salted on in a boiling dye bath Just make sure that you have a large enough tub and that you stir it to keep the dye from settling in one area. Good Luck! email me if I can help:

DCM    Posted 11-10-2004 at 12:28:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Dennis, Thanks for the reply, I will keep your thoughts in mind. I may have found another option. I have found a store a little further away that sells colored canvas and that would save a step or 2. That 12oz. canvas will do the job I think. I will try the cloring process as a last resort, but I will if I have to. Thanks again, Dan in AB

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