Showing posts with label vest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vest. Show all posts

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. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday Cables || I Dyed...a Vest

Months ago I wore a vest once and then it got bleach on it in the laundry. I figured I would try dyeing it to see if that would cover the spots. Of course I forgot to take any before pictures as usually. The before was about a khaki colored tan and the bleach spots were white.  I had never used dye so I didn't know what to expect and hoped for the best.
Here we go:
I used the old fashioned stuff...

...and a GIANT pot. I opted for the stovetop method over the sink and washing machine methods.

Next, soak the fabric in hot water. I thought this would make a cool shot but it wasn't really.

Finally, stir....for 30 minutes. Or stir for 15 minutes because you think the color is dark enough now and you're tired of stirring.

 End result vest is now brown and bleach spots are a khaki colored tan. Well, it was worth a try. I'm still not giving up on this vest yet. It just my take me another few months to figure out what to do next.

I almost forgot today's blessing! I got the WHOLE day off! My first one in about a week and a half and it's on a blog posting day! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Resolution Part Two: Check!

     Just as the last line was spoken on the last episode of my Season Two DVD of the Dick van Dyke Show, I finished weaving in the ends of a blanket I had planned to have finished 6 months ago! The size goes a little funky. That seems to happen when I make blankets like this. It happened with a Judy Garland blanket I made too. I'm glad it's finished and that the picture is recognizable. It felt like I would never get through the whole entire blanket! 
     Last night at 11pm I had just finished weaving in ends on the back and my plastic yarn needle snapped in two. Luckily I pass a craft store on my way home from work at the library (but not a JoAnn's. Shhh! Don't tell my manager!). So I went in there and finally bought my very first metal yarn needles, which should last me forever, or however long it takes for me to lose them. 



Up next: No, not a work in progress, but a pattern I had been wanting to try and figure out for quite some time. Not because it's all that pretty, but because it's old fashioned. It's the vest Judy Garland wears when she sings "The Joint is Really Jumping Down at Carnegie Hall." I found a WHOLE PDF book of old Hollywood knit and crochet patterns via [This Shop] on Etsy. 



I think this will be a pretty quick project, then it's back to working on another unfinished blanket. Still, it's a really pretty blanket that I am excited about finishing up! I'll get into that a little more in next week's post. 

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