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Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
dyeing clothing w/ vegetables? on 10/07/2012 20:36:52 MDT Print View

has anyone tried dyeing a nylon garment using vegetable and/or root dye?

i found a pair of patagonia khaki-colored capris on e-bay (that sadly, are no longer made). they're auctioning for $15.

i own an exact pair which are like my right-hand-man if you-will.
ten years running, i can't kill 'em, nor do i wish to, although they're so dangerously thin in places that, if they ripped, could be potentially embarrassing, not to mention they smell to high heavens!

i've been flirting with this dilemma for some time now.

(i just can't seem to find a suitable replacement that fits)!

q: should try doing the knee/a** rienforcement number on the ones i have, or snag this NWT, khaki colored-pair on e-bay for an entirely reasonable $15 and try dyeing them?

i don't do light colors, mainly b/c i can never keep them clean, and if i wear khaki anything this time of year, i'm likley to come home with an arrow in my chest.

i haven't put down a lick of coin, but i wonder too if vegetable-based dyes will run upon washing? and how well does dye work on material other than cotton?

when all is said and done, for the time and money of dyeing, likely i could just jerry rig the oldies? sure the rienforcements would give me another 5 years, no?

any experience/ideas would be much appreciated.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: dyeing clothing w/ vegetables? on 10/07/2012 20:48:53 MDT Print View

I accidentally stained some nylon with tea

Then, I wanted to darken some light colored nylon so I tried tea. It worked for a while, but then it washed out after a few washings, still slightly stained

Not really what you're looking for, but that's my experience

It may be that nylon is difficult to dye

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: dyeing clothing w/ vegetables? on 10/07/2012 20:58:40 MDT Print View

I've done tea-staining of white cotton fabrics before (to get ivory-tan), and I've tried to do tea-staining of nylon, but nylon doesn't seem to accept it.


Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
to dye for! on 10/08/2012 06:37:58 MDT Print View

thanks all.
still a toss up....

Jeff Antig

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: dyeing clothing w/ vegetables? on 10/08/2012 06:53:19 MDT Print View

If the pants are just some kind of synthetic polyester blend, it would be easier than if it was actually nylon. When dying clothes, you should be doing it in extremely hot water or even boiling water if it would not shrink the garment. One thing you could use as an alternative is coffee. It would eventually wash off but if you launder the clothing with only cold water and flipped inside-out, it would make the color last longer. Not sure if this helps at all.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: dyeing clothing w/ vegetables? on 10/08/2012 07:04:56 MDT Print View

What don't you like about Rit dye?

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: dyeing clothing w/ vegetables? on 10/08/2012 08:47:02 MDT Print View

No, neither tea nor black walnuts work well on nylon or polyester in my experience.

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
dye has died. on 10/08/2012 15:20:55 MDT Print View

thanks matt, those were in fact the candidates i was seriously considering.
i DO in fact believe natural dyes work
unfortunately they work exclusively on natural fibers.
i've since decided to keep my old capris,
just patch 'em and keep truckin'.
ken, for the record...
RIT is about as toxic as oven cleaner.
sorry, no can do.
two words: nature's bounty. :)

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
dyeing clothing w/... on 10/08/2012 15:31:40 MDT Print View

My young daughter spilled grape juice on a favorite clothing item and the stain would not wash out, what to do? Her and I put a container of grape juice concentrate in a bucket with clean water and soaked the item overnight and then washed the item as normal. The item, now purple, is in her closet to this day (she likes it all the more because we worked on the project together).

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: dye has died. on 10/08/2012 15:47:36 MDT Print View

How about beets?

I hate beets. Brocolli on the other hand is great...

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
dye is the new alive on 10/08/2012 16:32:54 MDT Print View

thom and jerry!
(he he, that's a hoot) :)
ok, so now that you'vre restored my fait and fire in wanting to at least TRY...
i've thought it all- coffee, beets, grapes,...
but the question remains,
how will any of these work on a SYNTHETIC?
THAT is where i'm most troubled.
if i try it, and i botch it hardcore, then i'm really... you-know-what.

Jeremy and Angela
(requiem) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: dye is the new alive on 10/08/2012 19:35:31 MDT Print View

Nylon supposedly responds to acid dyes[0] (used for protein fibers, e.g. wool). Think food coloring and vinegar. This also means that cold water dyes for cellulose fibers[1] (e.g. cotton) are probably not the best choice. For polyester things get much more interesting, disperse dyes are usually used at high temperatures.[2]

Do you have bits of similar fabric you can test on first?

(Are you talking lye for the oven cleaner, or something else? 'Cause lye is pretty basic.)