You can dye a piece of lace if you would like it to be a different color.It is very easy to dye lace if it is made of natural fibers.You need to apply the dye carefully and check the color often because lace absorbs dye quickly.You can either color the lace in whole pieces or individually.
Step 1: Prepare the dye.
How much lace you want to dye will affect the amount of dye you need.You will need one package of powder dye or 1/2 bottle of liquid dye, as well as 3 gallons of hot water, if you have 1 lbs (500 g) of lace.Take the hot water from the saucepan and put it in a bucket.Stir until evenly dispersed.If working with powdered dye, add it to the large bucket of water after dissolving it in hot water.The ideal water temperature for a dye bath is 60 degrees Celsius.Before adding the lace, make sure you add the dye to the water.Spotting may occur if you add the lace first.
Step 2: The lace needs to be Dunked in the dye.
Put your lace in the bucket.It needs to be completely submerged to make sure.To keep the lace submerged, you might want to use a wooden or plastic spoon.If you have thick rubber gloves on, you can use your hands.You should wear rubber gloves, a smock or apron, and clothes that you don’t mind staining while working with dye.
Step 3: Add something to it.
If you have cotton, ramie, or linen in your lace, use salt.If you have nylon, silk, or wool in your lace, use vinegar.After 5 minutes of letting your lace soak, add salt or white vinegar to the dye bath.It will help intensify and set the color.
Step 4: It can sit for up to 30 minutes.
For the strongest, richest hue, dye the lace for 30 minutes.Only keep the lace in for 8 to 10 minutes if you want a more subtle effect.It is not necessary to sit in a dye bath for very long.Stirring the lace helps the fabric dye more evenly.
Step 5: The lace should be washed with water.
Take the dyed lace out of the dye bath and rinse it under warm water.After that, rinse it under cool running water.Cool water is best for rinsing off the surface dye since it discourages the color from bleeding out.
Step 6: The lace should be washed and dried.
The lace can be washed by hand or machine.If you want to prevent the dye from bleeding onto your clothes or linens, wash the lace by itself or with an old towel.Warm water and mild detergent can be used for the cleaning part of the cycle.The lace should be hung up to dry.When it dries, the lace will be a lighter shade.
Step 7: Take care of your workspace.
You will need to lay your lace out on a flat surface and paint it with dye by hand.This space needs to be protected.There is a plastic bag on the workspace.
Step 8: The dye should be prepared.
One to two drops of each dye should be squeezed into a separate compartment of a plastic paint palette, divided plate, or similar container.Each color should beDiluted with 10 drops of warm water from a clean eye dropper.The dye color is very concentrated, so you need to add water to it.Do not use undiluted dye to paint the lace.Adding another drop or two of dye will give you a stronger dye color.Adding 5 to 10 more drops of water can be used to create pastels.
Step 9: If you want a more even color, soak the lace in water.
The lace will absorb, spread, and blend the water.The lace should be soaked in a bowl of warm water.Roll the lace in a towel and squeeze out the excess water.You could use a spray bottle to spray the lace with water instead of soaking it first.You should keep the lace dry if you want more distinct colors.
Step 10: Paint the lace with a paintbrush.
You can lightly paint a section of lace with your first dye color by dipping the tip of a fine-tip paintbrush into it.The tip of the brush can be used to paint.You can use the entire brush head if you need to cover more material.Before loading the brush with a new color, rinse and dry it.If you are working with lace that is wet, mist it with water periodically.
Step 11: Apply multiple layers of dye.
When applying the dye, use a gentle touch.If you want to achieve the desired shade, go back over the same areas again with another layer of dye.If you get too impatient and use too much at once, you may end up making the lace too dark.When adding multiple layers of dye, do not dampen the lace again.If the lace becomes too dark, you can remove the excess dye by blotting it with a paper towel.It works better if you use a wet application instead of a dry one.
Step 12: The lace needs to be blow dried.
It is possible to dry the lace by air, but it may result in a spotty appearance.If you use a hairdryer on a warm setting, you will be able to dry the lace quickly.The spread of the color that comes about when liquid component of dye evaporates is reduced by using a hairdryer.
Step 13: The iron can be used to set the color.
The back side should face up if the lace is turned over.For about two minutes, iron it on a wool setting.The color should be set after that.Setting the color with an iron makes the lace softer.
Step 14: A small amount of dye should be prepared.
The amount of dye you need depends on the size of the garment you are dying.The amount of liquid dye or box of powdered dye is enough for a small garment.In a glass bowl or plastic bucket, combine the dye with the appropriate amount of water.Wait until the dye is dissolved.Adding salt to the mixture will make the final color more vibrant.It can help set the dye.The ideal water temperature is about 60 degrees Celsius.
Step 15: The lace needs to be soaked in hot water.
Place the lace in hot water and wring it out with your hands.When you get ready to work with it, it should be damp as it will absorb the dye better than dry lace.Since the shades of dye will need to blend together in a gradient, soaking the lace is essential.You won’t be able to achieve this effect if you keep the lace dry.
Step 16: The lace needs to be dunked in the dye.
Leave a third of the lace in the dye bath for 10 minutes.This will be the lightest part of the pattern.Move the lace from side to side in order to produce a more even color.Don’t move it up and down.The dye can get on your skin if you don’t wear thick rubber or plastic gloves.You could use a coffee spoon to stir the dye.If you like, you can wrap the top third of the lace around the bar.
Step 17: For 5 minutes, soak the next third.
Lower two-thirds of the lace into the dye bath to create the next dark color.Allow it to sit for 5 minutes and then use the lace in the same way to produce an even color.
Step 18: The lace should beSubmerged in the dye for 1 minute.
If you want the entire piece to be submerged, Dunk the rest of the lace into the dye bath.For 1 minute, leave it there.The final portion of the garment will be lighter.If you keep this last part of the original color, you can skip submerging it in the dye.
Step 19: The lace should be washed with water.
Remove the lace from the dye bath and rinse it under running water.
Step 20: If desired, repeat.
You can repeat the process if the effect isn’t as strong as you want it to be.Allow the lace to sit for a few minutes after you dunk it back in the dye.If the lace has reached the desired shade, check it often.
Step 21: The lace needs to be washed and dried.
When the water comes out clear, rinse the lace.The lace can be dried with a hairdryer.