Dying your Doilies


As part of my Doily-fest (see here for details), today I had a go at dying some. 
The results are awesome and I couldn't be happier. The colour is vibrant and gorgeous. I used a range of different doilies, and the shades varied at the end. Some of the pre-existing marks covered and some didn't.  


 The colour is iDye Brilliant Blue which is available in the online store.


You have an option to just add the dye straight to your washing machine or do it on the stove top.  As my washing machine was running flat out today with real laundry, I chose the stove top option. 


I simmered the water as instructed but have put it into a glass bowl so you can see it.  My heavy based pot is black and wouldn't have shown anything! I added dye (not all of it as I was only dying a few items) and the salt then stirred to dissolve.


The doilies were added to the mix and then I tipped it all back into the pot on the stove and simmered for half hour.

Allow to cool and then wash thoroughly.  As I was doing it by hand, I needed to rinse many times.  Let dry and then iron.  I cheated and threw mine in the dryer as I wanted to get the images done!

10 comments:

MoogjiGoo Art said...

What a fabulous idea! I've got a lot of doilies that have really pretty patterns, but their colour is a bit boring. I can see what will occupy me this weekend now. Thanks Jodie. Cheers, Melinda

Lisa said...

Gee what a great idea to revamp your doilies. That colour is beautiful.

Thea said...

Wow! Brilliant colour.

Lyndel said...

oh I hope lots of people read this great tip this week, as I have a pile of doilies to sell at Nth Melbourne Market this Sunday... what a pretty idea!

theartsybutterfly.com said...

I literally just did this a couple of weeks ago! Like you said the coloring can vary a bit. I also played with how long I let the doily sit in the dye.

Tammi said...

Stunning colour..I always thought the coloured doilies were made that way with coloured cotton :)

Kristen said...

I love this! I have some good sources for old doilies, but so many of them are discolored. Dyeing them briefly crossed my mind, but since I haven't dyed anything before it slipped right back out... Will have to try it now!

Kristen said...

I love this! I have some good sources for old doilies, but so many of them are discolored. Dyeing them briefly crossed my mind, but since I haven't dyed anything before it slipped right back out... Will have to try it now!

angry birds rio said...

So cute! i love it, thanks for sharing.

anyket said...

I've never crocheted plain ivory/white doilies. There are too many colours of cotton to chose from.