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Old 05-12-2010, 11:10 AM   #1
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Dying Old Interlock Wool

I recently purchased a pair of shorties on spots, and they came to me quite dingy which I was not expecting based on pictures. Anyways, they are just natural colored, and I'm hoping to dye them to make them look a little better.

Since they're already sewn, what should I do? Can I just dye them anyways? I want them to be orange What should I use?



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Re: Dying Old Interlock Wool

no clue, but Id love to know too!
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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Re: Dying Old Interlock Wool

Well, 2 things. Wash them really well a couple times in dawn dish soap. That will help get the lanolin and what ever else out of them.
After you think they are stripped, you can dye them. People use all sorts of things, koolaide, food coloring, and then acid dye from a dye house.
I would try to use food coloring, since you are only doing one pair.
Wool needs heat and vinegar to set the dye. the bad thing is, the heat will shrink them.
So, you want to mix the water and the dye in a big pot on the stove, and put the wet wool shorts in. Bring it to boiling, add 1 cup of vinegar, and stir good the entire time.
Once the water turns to clear, turn the stove off and let the water cool. Be careful when you add vinegar so the pot doesn't boil over, I had that happen and it shorted out the stove. LOL
And hope they don't shrink too much
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