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#1 of 4 Old 01-13-2010, 02:16 PM - Thread Starter
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I have no idea where to look and who to ask. I am a dance teacher and I need to dye white sweatshirts for a dance I am doing. I am just doing them solid colors of the rainbow. I was thinking of doing it myself but would rather just pay someone to do it for me. I have no idea where to begin to look though? Does anyone have any reviews of WAHM dyers?
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Rit dye works great. You can buy it at wal mart, maybe target, any craft store, joanns, michaels, ac moore, etc. It works really great and covers easily.

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Yup, I used that very dye (RIT). It's easy enough that my mom had this be the main activity for my 11th birthday party. The girls came over and we tie-dyed t-shirts. (I did it at camp a different year too).

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As an experienced dyer I am going to have to respectfully poo-poo the RIT suggestions. Partly because it is an all-purposefully crappy dye and partly because there are better and simpler alternatives out there.

Your best choice would be a fiber reactive dye. Though fiber reactive dyes are made for natural materials, specifically cotton but I use it for my silks too, if you item has a mixed content i.e. cotton/poly, it will dye it too. Just not as vivid. There is no need to boil your project in a pot. Per ounce it is also cheaper than RIT.

You can find it online at . Dharma also has great directions for vat dyeing , which is what you would do to get solid colors. I do my vat dyeing in in those medium sized rubbermaid storage bins. For larger dye projects the washing machine can be used to. Don't worry, it won't ruin to machine.
Here are dharma's directions .

If you don't have time to order online most fine art stores will carry Jacquards fiber reactive dyes. Check Joans too, they may still carry Dylon cold water dyes which are also fiber reactive dyes.

If you have any questions, feel free to convo me.


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