Question about Wilton's dye?
Hi. After reading through this thread and reading the instructions here: http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/play-silks.html
I tried dying some play silks today. It went great except for one thing. I followed the instructions pretty closely. I used three jars with three colors. I put water and vinegar and a play silk in each jar and heated it up to pretty hot, but not boiling (I had all three jars in a pot of water on the stove). I mixed the Wilton's dyes with vinegar and warm water. I used a couple globs of it, mixed it up as best I could and then strained out the large leftover chunks. I then poured this water/dye/vinegar mixture into my play silk/water/vinegar mixture in the jars. The dye went into the silk nicely and after about 5 minutes the water looked more clear (though it was still colored) and it seemed like no more dye was going to be taken up. When we took the silks out they looked almost tie dyed because of the tight fit inside the jar, which was what I was going for so I was pleased.
Then came the problem:
I rinsed them out in the kitchen sink with cool water until the water looked clear. I then brought them in the bathroom to hang and as I was figuring out a place to hang them I noticed they were dripping color. I rinsed them out again in the bathroom sink and it was like I had never rinsed them. The color was strong and seemed to be never ending. The instructions said to rinse for 2 -3 minutes until the water runs clear, but I rinsed these things for about 10 minutes each. Every time they seemed to run almost clear, I would get sick of trying and move on to another color. Then, when I would go back to the one I set aside, it was like I had never even rinsed it, it would run really dark again. This went on forever until I just got sick of it and hung them up to dry.
So the question:
What do I do now? They were supposed to run clear but didn't ever do that. Did the color never set? Or did I just not rinse long enough? Should I try rinsing again, or maybe soaking them in cold water? Should I try heating them up with vinegar again to get the dye to set better? Or is there any drawback to just going ahead and using them as is? Would the color rub off on stuff or something?