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Old 03-19-2013, 08:50
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Default dying cheesecloth HELP!

Why all of a sudden now when I use RIT navy blue dye my cheesecloth comes out purple??? anyone else have this problem and does anyone know how I can fix this?

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:21
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Default Re: dying cheesecloth HELP!

I am probably not much help because I use procion dyes, not RIT. But a guess would be that either their dye lot is off, it isn't mixed up in its package really well, or maybe there is some kind of sizing on the cheesecloth that it causing the reaction. When I tie dye, I pre-wash everything, but I use a textile detergent so that it removes sizing etc. I get mine from dharmatrading.com. I buy their brand of textile detergent instead of the synthrapol bcuz it's not as nasty. Still doesn't smell nice, but it is great to get rid of anything that might be on the fabric. I buy my procion dyes from them too. You can dye a lot of fabric with their 2oz containers. I don't know how much RIT is, but in the long run, I'd bet procion dyes are cheaper. I think cheesecloth is made from cotton, so you'd need to soak it in soda ash before you dye it (soda ash raises the pH of the fabric and allows it to accept the dye) Anyway, not sure if this helps or not with your question, but it gives you another option maybe.
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Default Re: dying cheesecloth HELP!

This cheesecloth is unbleached, but i never thought of having to soak it before dying it. I usually use a different brand because of this problem, but I figured I would give it a try since I had some on hand and had a rush order. did not work out. Thanks for the help!
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Default Re: dying cheesecloth HELP!

Glad to try to help at least. I just re-read my post. Idk if you'd need to soak it before using RIT dye, but I was meaning to say you'd need to soak it before using procion dyes. But pre-washing would still be a good idea as long as you make sure not to use anything with a fabric softener in it.

I have no experience with RIT tho. I know that it is a different type of dye than what I use, so it probably uses a whole different type of reaction to color the fabric than what I'm used to. I checked on their website & it says you can even dye golf balls with it! Anyway, good luck with your endeavor!!!
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Default Re: dying cheesecloth HELP!

I got soda ash and I just bought the dye i usually use. It does make a difference! Thank you for the advice! I only used RIT because that is what I had but i learned my lesson. No more messing with RIT dyes...
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Oh good!! Glad it helped!
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