I have a lot of vintage linens that are “precious” and I don’t mean that in a nice way. They’re not my style; just too cute for me.
These are heavy cotton hand-embroidered pillow cases.
I decided to dye some of them. The rage now seems to be grey and indigo so I started with indigo.
I would prefer a less lively color palette.
The choices of dye are vast and it’s difficult to know exactly what color you’re going to end up with.
Rit dye comes in liquid and powder.
I stopped by JoAnn and picked up 2 bottles of liquid Rit dye: one in Navy and the other in Evening Blue. Going to The Rit Studio Guide was helpful to understand the undertones of each color. Navy has a violet (red) undertone while the evening blue has an aqua (green) undertone so I mixed the two to try and tone down (ha!) the undertones.
I used one bottle of Evening blue and a half bottle of navy.
My recipe for indigo dye is 1 part navy to 2 parts evening blue. Mix the dye as recommended on the package.
The dye color, even diluted, looks black.
I used my kitchen sink for dying and left the clean, pre-wetted articles in the hot dye bath for about 45 minutes stirring and swishing them around from time to time.
I found moving the items around by hand easier than swishing with a stick so I wore rubber gloves.
.After everything was well-colored I ran each item under cold water until the water ran clear.
I carefully rinsed each item.
After rinsing I wrapped the items in an old towel to absorb much of the water then threw them in the clothes dryer.
The color came ourt as a true indigo without any purplish tinge which I found difficult to photograph.
The thing I really like is that the colors of the embroidery have also been muted.
I can picture these sturdy embroidered cases in the décor now.
I’m not planning to use them on the sofa but I could.
What old item are you repurposing?