Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Thank You Rit Dye

The last Tuesday Cables post that went up was about dyeing my bleach blotched vest.. I knew dye probably wouldn't absorb into the bleach spots, but I still held out a little hope. Over all, the end result was not too bad. 

I was so surprised when Ruth from the Rit Studio commented. She told me that bleached fibers are damaged and usually won't take dye. Then I went to Twitter and saw that someone at Rit had replied to the blog link that I tweeted and had offered to send me some other dye colors to try out! How awesome is that?! Of course, I went straight to the Rit website and started looking at what colors were available. Finally I settled on Petal Pink, Pearl Gray, Dark Green, and Teal. 

I just want to take a moment here to note that I am not being sponsored by or receiving payment from Rit Studio and Phoenix Brands for any part of this blog post. I'm simply posting as a thank you to the company for their great customer service and generosity. 
When the package arrived I had no idea what it was. I was mid-cold at that point and had completely forgotten that I was being sent the dyes. So I was surprised again when I opened the package and realized it was the dye!

Sunday afternoon I gathered up all the essentials, dye, salt, gloves, and went down to the basement where we have a giant sink. Last time, which was my first time dyeing anything, I used a powder dye and the stovetop method. This time I used liquid dye in the sink, which also happens to be right next to the hot water heater which is very convenient considering that the instructions call for hot water!

First was Pearl Gray and a pair of white pants with dirt stains on the knees. I am SO happy with how these turned out! You can't even see where they were stained!

Second into the sink was a white tee shirt that just needed a little something to make it more interesting. I toyed with Heiden of tie dye, but I didn't feel like preparing more than one color.


 I attempted to make it a Teal ombré by setting sections of it in the dye bath for a little while and then lowering another section in. I didn't use any exact science with this one. I'm happy with the results and this shirt will definitely be worn now. 

After having used both powder and liquid dyes, I like the liquid better than powder. The instructions are pretty much the same exact thing but you don't have to worry about whether or not the powder has completely dissolved. Plus, The liquid mixes so quickly and evenly into the water. Thank you very much to The Rit Studio for sending me some dyes to try out! 

Again, I just want to say that I was not paid by Rit Studio or Phoenix brands in any way for this post. I just wanted to write it as a thank you for their great customer service and generosity!!

And as always, thanks to my subscribers and anonymous readers as well. :)

8 comments:

  1. That is awesome. Who needs new clothes when you can just dye the old? :)
    Kathryn

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    1. Exactly, Kathryn! Haha I am still trying to go through my wardrobe in my mind to decide if I have anything else I could dye!

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  2. So glad you received the dye. Love the pearl grey pants, and the ombre NYC shirt, but then, I'm a Brooklyn girl so I'm partial. Please keep sharing what you dye. Would love to see it. - Ruth, The Rit Studio

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    1. Thanks so much! Everything I dye will, at the very least, be posted on instagram and Twitter if not here as well. :)

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  3. Superb dying job, Jill! :) Also, how nice for you to get such great service from Rit! :)

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    1. Thank you! I was very excited to hear from Rit and had a lot of fun dyeing my clothes last weekend!

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  4. I was taught to make an ombre that fades smoothly by having a bucket of clear water next to the dye bath. Dip it in the dye bath, then dip it in the clear water to blend it, then back in the dye bath, and so on back and forth for a while until you get the color you want and without a hard line in between shades. But sometimes a hard line is what you want, and I like it in this case on your T-shirt. Dyeing is never an exact science, so it's so frustrating for people like me who like to be in control!

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    1. Thank you for the tip Emily! I wish I had known that method of ombré dyeing. I guess I could have checked pinterest before I started, but I was a mix of too lazy to look and excited to get started! :)

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