* To be safe as far as color fastness goes, give your newly dyed tulle a bath in distilled white vinegar to set the dye.
Step 4 - Ta daaaaaaahh!
Allow your dyed item/netting to dry. *
As you can see, the red edging kept it's color although it is now more cranberry in color than bright red, but that is perfect for my needs. The smooth fabric of the upper part of the underskirt took the dark green dye easily. The netting part of the crinoline took the dark green dye easily. I am very pleased with the results. I hope you will now be encouraged to dye your own tulle netting or tulle items instead of having to settle with the limited color choices available in your fabric stores.
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When you are satisfied with the intensity of the color (you want it darker than it's final color because you will be washing out the excess dye), lift the tulle item/netting out of the dye bath with the spoon. Transfer it to a bowl. Rinse the dyed item in cool water until the water runs clear. I use my hands to swish (scientific word) the item around in the water. Gently squeeze out the excess water.
Don't we all just love having our ears tickled...hearing what we WANT to hear and nothing else? I also have a personality that says, "I dare you tell me that I can't do it or that it won't work. I dare you." I will spend hours trying to prove my point. I call it persistence. My husband calls it something else entirely. At any rate, when I was in need of a specific color of tulle, I asked around to see if anyone "in the know" knew if tulle netting could be dyed. Responses ranged from emphatically NO to emphatically YES and pretty much everywhere in between. Because I wanted to hear that it definitely could be dyed, I chose to believe the responses slanted in that direction and then launched an experiment of my own just to prove the point. The following tutorial isn't rocket science, but if you're like me and appreciate visual assistance, it will help you venture into the wonderful world of dying tulle netting. Enjoy.
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As I said, it's not rocket science. I use a crummy ol' pot specifically for my dying projects. I use a plastic spoon so it will resist the dye. In this tutorial, I will be dying a white tulle petticoat with a bright red stitched edge.
Since I was determined to make this dye job work, but didn't really know with all certainty that it would, I probably indulged in a little "overkill" with my method. In the future, I will do more experimenting and amend notes here if necessary.
I filled the pot about 1/3 full of hot tap water. Of course, I didn't measure. Who measures? My mother doesn't measure when she cooks. I don't measure. Anyway, if I had to hazard a guess, I'd say that I dumped about 3 quarts of water into the pot. I used Rit brand dye. On the package, it says to add salt to the water for some resistant fabrics. Since I had gotten some adamant "no" answers to my tulle dying question, I added about 1 tablespoon of table salt to the water. Stir until it's dissolved. Add the dye. Again, since I didn't know how easily the fabric would take the dye, I used the entire packet. Hindsight tells me that 1/2 of the packet would be sufficient. Heat the dye mixture over high heat until it begins to boil.
Once the water has come to a boil, turn off the heat. Lower your item or tulle yardage into the dye. Glug, glug, glug. Stir gently with the spoon. Be careful to not splash the dye onto you or your clothing. It's DYE, remember?
I assumed that this step...the stirring while the dye "took"...would take several minutes. Can you say SECONDS?! Whether it was the particular tulle netting or the salt in the water or just my good fortune, the petticoat/underskirt took the color almost immediately. Hooray!
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