Today was fabric dyeing day again! I had 2 objectives. I wanted to test using Retayne in the rinse water. It was recommended by a fellow fabric dyer on another list. I also wanted to tie dye some shirts for my brother's girlfriend, Wanda. Let's start with the test.
The recommendation was to put Retayne in the rinse water and to still do the final wash with Synthrapol. I get great results just rinsing several times in plain water but I'll try anything! I mixed up a blended red, a muddy blue and a golden yellow. In each color I dyed 2 fat quarters of a white PFD and 2 of natural muslin. In the photo the muslin is on the right. The Retayne did nothing to help hold more color and it had a bad overall effect. When I rinse my fabrics I rinse each piece under running water a bit and then put all of the fabrics, regardless of color, in a rinse bath of very hot water. I have never had color migrate from one fabric to another - until I rinsed with Retayne. The darker color migrated to the lighter color. I'm not sure if you can se it in the photo but the yellow Retayne-rinsed piece is very grayed. Very disappointing but that's what testing is for!
Of course, all would have been just fine if I had stopped there. For some insane reason I decided to use the Retayne with all of the dyeing that I did today. Let this be the final proof for you. Can you see how dingy these shirts look? The white and yellow picked up the blues and purples from other things I dyed. They are horrible. I did these for Wanda but she's not getting them. She will get better ones next weekend! These will serve as a lesson. Dye and t-shirts are cheap!
So learn from me today.....