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curtain dyeing

On 1 Oct 2016 at 1:23pm Jo wrote:
Hi, I have some lovely plain linen curtains which don't look good in my new house and am looking, without any success, for a company in Sussex that would dye them for me. Anyone have any ideas? many thanks!
On 1 Oct 2016 at 2:27pm Smiler wrote:
Why not do them yourself in your washing machine with Dylon?
On 1 Oct 2016 at 2:39pm I think wrote:
Given how easy and effective it is to self dye most specialists went out of business. Same with leather repairs.
On 1 Oct 2016 at 4:55pm jo wrote:
Thanks, appreciated. Might try the dylon!
On 1 Oct 2016 at 6:48pm Saira wrote:
Jo, if the curtains are 100% linen and machine washable, then Dylon will give pretty good results if you follow the instructions. If the curtains are not machine washable you probably shouldn't risk it. If the fabric is a linen mixed with a synthetic fibre, then the colour achieved will be less intense as only the natural fibres will pick up the pigment. The main issues with home dyeing are not having the product fully clean and washed and still wet (you will get patchy results with dry fabric) and not weighing the curtains first i.e. scrimping on the required number of boxes... Come and see us in the-stitchery (upstairs in Riverside) if you need some help/advice and Good Luck
On 1 Oct 2016 at 6:52pm jo wrote:
Thank you Saira. The problem is that are long, lined, bulky and heavy. Afraid I could ruin them!
On 1 Oct 2016 at 9:02pm Gumtree wrote:
You could either sell them on gumtree and buy some replacements in a different colour OR you could buy some coloured lense glasses and then your curtains will look a different colour.
On 1 Oct 2016 at 9:37pm Plain Jane wrote:
Jo, best bet is to take your curtains down if you don't like the colour, then you don't have to look at them. I've tried this method before and it works.
On 1 Oct 2016 at 9:51pm jo wrote:
Haha well I could do all that true! Still, took me so long to make them - may just leave it - but thanks for suggestions anyway!
On 1 Oct 2016 at 10:08pm abc wrote:
If they are lined, it's best to unpick them and dye just the curtain fabric for best results. Also, it's important to take off the rufflette (spelling?) tape so there's no bunching. I've dyed fabric in the washing machine, and I've found that as long as it's clean, you use enough dye and you're dying it a darker colour than the original it's successful. Good luck.

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