Tuesday, October 9, 2012

dyeing a woven wrap

*let me preface this by saying that the end result was a far cry from what i had pictured when i started this project. clearly, we needed to leave each level submerged much longer (maybe double?) then we did and possibly used a little less water to dye ratio. however, this tutorial will still work perfectly for you as long as you pay attention to those couple of minor details i just mentioned.
when precious earth sent me this chimparoo woven wrap a while back to review, i was kind of excited that she had picked the lighter, more solid taupe color. the wheels immediately started turning about how i could mimic some of my favorite girasol wraps with their gorgeous gradation dye/woven jobs. i researched relentlessly till i came up with a plan for my own and i couldn't wait to get started!

i used dylon dye in a pretty turquoise/blue color and ordered a bag of soda ash to add - everything i read made it  sound like this was a must to get a even and thorough dye without harsh lines. i pre-rinsed and spun my wrap, i chose not to wash it because i didn't have any of the recommended soaps and i didn't want to mess with any chemical interaction. we mixed according to the directions in warm water, inside of a rubbermaid container.

we worked in the bathroom so that we could take advantage of the tension rod, perfect for slowly lowering the wrap into the dye mix. using baby hangers and clothes pins i went along the entire edge of the wrap, placing the hangers side by side and pinning. this helps keep the wrap evenly separated, so that while dunking it, it doesn't get tangled up and cause dye to not be able to reach all of the surface of the wrap.
once it was up, we decided at what lengths and times we would lower the wrap. the amount we kind of eyeballed but lowered it in these increments (which i mentioned above was NOT long enough) 22 minutes, l5 minutes, 11 minutes, 8 minutes, then dunked the whole rest of the piece for 5 minutes.
once the time was totally up, i rinsed with cold water then it went directly into the wash for another rinse and spin with some vinegar this time. when that was over, i hung it up to dry.
(see how it barely looks different? whoops.)

the more i look at it, it really gave it a pretty tint - again not what i was originally picturing, and now that we have "practiced" once, i already ordered some more of the same dye to try again with much longer intervals. i will be sure to update you once we have done this!

8 comments:

melissa rohr said...

Love this! I want to wrap with this baby. So seeing the versatility of this one is so awesome!

melissa rohr said...

I can't wait to see that little boy in this!!

melissa rohr said...

this one is REALLY great too, because it is soft/loose and for a fraction of the price of the girasol or didymos. it is hands down the most comfortable carrier i have ever put stella in and she weighs 30lbs so it will be interesting to see how it feels with a tiny baby :)

melissa rohr said...

me too, meeee too :)

melissa rohr said...

Did you try again with longer intervals? I am wondering how it turned out. I really want to try this

melissa rohr said...

i didn't - but i am positive it would have had a much much more drastic result. in the end i am pretty happy with how subtle this is. if you want darker, i would go 45min-60 for the first and adjust your timing from there.

melissa rohr said...

How many packs of dye did you use? Each one will only dye a certain weight of fabric. It's a nice hue to go with the taupe though...

melissa rohr said...

I only used one, I think I just had a little too much water for the color I wanted. I could have easily done half and still had enough to submerge :)