I'm just about to have my first go at dyeing some mohair using Rit dye and was wondering if anyone knows whether to follow instructions enclosed with the dye , or are there things I should know about that perhaps aren't mentioned ? Any tips gratefully received as I'm a bit nervy looking at my lovely mohair !!
I dye most of my fur with Rit, and I usually have pretty good success. Here is what I have learned.
I have better luck dyeing the bear cut in pieces rather than the whole bear. I always put some extra pieces in just in case I mess up. It seems to save on mohair too.
Make sure your dye is completely mixed before putting in your fabric. Becky told me to mix the dye in a little water first to make sure it dissolves, and then add the rest of the water. That has helped me a lot.
I never let the fabric come to a boil, I put it on low and let it simmer there for a while. I have found that I have better success rinsing the fabric clear if I let the dye have time to really settle in the fabric. I used to use less time and more dye, and I always had a tough time getting the water to run clear. Now I use more time and less dye and am happier. If it is not dark enough I redye.
Make sure your fabric is good and wet before adding it to the dye bath. I soak mine in a sink of water with just a couple of drops of dish soap added, I don't rinse before adding it to the pot.
And last but not least. I have also found that dyeing does dry the mohair out a little, just like hair color does to human hair, so when rinsing I add a little bit of conditioner, and then rinse it good, it leaves it very soft and silky.
Ah Joanne , brilliantly clear advice , thank you ! Yes I was wondering about the condition of the mohair as being an ex hairdresser I was tempted to try a little conditioner as it makes sense ! Also i wondered about the backing shrinking because of the temperature of the water ? Mind you enough people do it so it must be ok! Just got to wait for postman to bring it now ...
Thanks again Joanne