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Can you buy Dyes on-line? Are there Eco Dyes? Do they work?

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KatyMac Thu 31-Jul-08 09:37:00

I have some Ikea chair covers I want to dye because the childminded children coloured them in

Do I need to strip them first?

They are very faded anyway so they needed dying anyway

GentlyWorryTheAnimal Thu 31-Jul-08 09:39:29

I don't know about eco dyes, but you can buy dylon from or procion dyes from dt crafts

KatyMac Thu 31-Jul-08 10:16:24

Thanks I like the look of the procion dyes - but they don't have the right colour

Shitehawk Thu 31-Jul-08 10:18:33

What colours are you looking for?

You can dye shades between sepia to brownish-red with tea-bags if you want to be ultra-eco.

Or some natural dyes here

KatyMac Thu 31-Jul-08 10:19:18

Sort of muddy line green

KatyMac Thu 31-Jul-08 10:19:35

LIME blush

Shitehawk Thu 31-Jul-08 10:27:20

You can use plants to dye, but you would need to test a piece of similar material first.

Apparently if you boil up sage and rosemary, strain it and add salt, you will get a green dye.

If you boil up purple onion skins then add salt, you get a sludgy lime green.

Make it up in the sink, dip in the material, stir it round, soak it for a bit, then wash it. Repeat until you get the right colour.

I haven't tried either of those; dying with tea bags has been my limit so far. But if nothing else you could have great fun doing tye-dying or something, just to test the colours!

KatyMac Thu 31-Jul-08 10:53:28

That sounds interesting - maybe DD & I will have a go at the weekend (if I can get any purple onions...& think of a way of using them)

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