Overdyeing Wool

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Hi all,
I managed to find some wool today at a thrift shop, lovely soft, 150cms wide
and 4 metres of fabric, very cheap. Perfect for costume making.... One
problem though, it is a screamingly bright fuchsia pink!!  I know pink was
known in medieval times, but this is just too bright (and I don't do
pink...) Not my colour at all :) So I buy it anyway thinking "The wonderful
people on alt.sewing will know what to do about changing this colour and
toning it down...."  :)
So my question is:  As almost any other colour on the planet would be
acceptable to me, what colour could I use to overdye it maybe burgundy-red
or a more purplish shade?  I'm not too worried about the outcome, just not
*PINK* guys, OK?
Thanks for any help you can throw my way :)


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You might look at the FAQs on www.dharmatrading.com

Sounds like a great project.  ;)  I love it when I can "rescue" something
from the thrift shop.


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Years ago I dyed a pink snowsuit with brown dye and got a lovely warm brown.
It was not wool, though.


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 i bought some screaming pink linen for my 3 year old son's
Ren. Faire outfit & overdyed it a dark green. it came out a
lovely warm brown. i used green & gold trim, & it looked
really nice.
 wool dyes somewhat like linen, so if you want it more
burgundy or purple, try a blue overdye.
 do you have enough to try a few different squares in
different shades of dye? that could also be your shrinkage
testing ;)

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First, check to make sure what you have is wool, Lee. You can do this
two ways: either clip a bit and burn it (holding it with tweezers over a
  heat-resistant container), or soak it in bleach for an hour or so. If
it's wool, the burned fiber will char into a black bead and will
self-extinguish. When you touch the cooled bead, it should crumble
easily. If you soak it in a bit of bleach, real wool will dissolve
completely, usually within an hour and a half or so. If it is a blend,
the wool part will dissolve and leave behind whatever the other fiber(s)

If it is truly wool, dyeing it should be easy, since wool takes dyes
very well. If it has some synthetic in it, that might be more difficult,
depending on what the other fiber is.

Have fun!

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati

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