When I found my first pictures of dyed crinolines I knew that someone I knew had to do it. If you have no idea what I am talking about right now visit this knottie bio. My old roommate happened to be the perfect person to try this out with and so we adventurously purchased a crinoline off of ebay.
It took a few trips to Wal-Mart, but Amber finally discovered that the RIT dye is stocked next to the laundry detergent. Guess that makes sense. She was seeking a raspberry shade and so she bought the color Wine.
We had to take it out and make sure it fit. There was a small emergency at the beginning when we lost the string to tie it with (it disappeared into the skirt).
My crafty sister saved the day by looping the string back through with a safety pin. I don't totally understand how this works but she is brilliant like that.
It's a perfect fit. And I know it looks great right now, but wait until you see what we came up with.
Just follow the instructions on the back of the bottle. We ran hot water in the washer, and did not add salt (the instructions are kind of unclear about this). After the washer was full of hot water we added the entire bottle of dye. We then let the water agitate to mix the color around.
The instructions said we shouldn't put dry fabric in so we put it in the shower first to get it wet.
It was kind of a monster effort to stuff that huge crinoline into our tiny dryer. Poor Amber burned her hands a few times (the water has to be as hot as possible), but I think it was worth it in the end.
We pushed it down as far as it would go, and tried to spread it out around the middle of the washer. I opened the lid every 10 or 15 minutes to try to get different parts soaking underwater.
After all of the water had drained out of the washer and it had run on the spin cycle for a few minutes we opened the lid to find this!
We rinsed it out with warm/hot water until the water ran as clear as possible. The finished product hung dry in my shower.
Her colors are Chartreuse and Raspberry. Bridals are in July and I can't wait to see how this looks!
We are all completely in love with it. I think it's exactly what we were hoping to create. Amber drove it home in the passenger seat of her car. Rolling down the windows while you drive around town is a great way to speed dry.
I think she looks pretty pleased with it. Thanks for letting me blog our little adventure Amber!