Overdye

Last week, I showed you how well RIT Dye remover works on silk (pretty good actually). This week I have pictures of re-dyeing and overdyeing. So I took that large section of silk I had stripped the color from, as well as some of the original red and experimented. I knew I wanted a purple color, but not as purple as Raven’s Medallion. So I tried multiple shades straight from the bottle, about a cap each, on both the original red and the color stripped silk. The result was this:

It’s patchy, but it’s there

It’s patchy, but it’s there

Now, these samples came out patchy due to I did not really bother with stirring the silk as it was being dyed. The back row are the red samples that have been overdyed. The front row are the color stripped and re-dyed samples.

Once I determined I wanted the color in sample 7, I figured out my yardage, stripped it as per RIT Dye Remover instructions, and once dried, re-dyed with the appropriate color. Then because I didn’t QUITE have enough of the dye left to fully saturate the silk, I did a second dye bath in the purple. The end result was this:

The lovely and completed re-dye of red

The lovely and completed re-dye of red

So, there it is. It started as an academic exercise of Can This Be Done? And now I know. And so do you. If you like a woven design on silk, but hate the color, you can strip and change the color. Just make sure to buy extra for color experimentation.