how to even out an uneven dye job?
  • Ok, here's the story. I have worked on a wool sweater for a long time, and I finally had all the pieces done. However, I ran out of yarn just before I was done with the last piece, and I had to substitute a yarn of a slightly different color. You can see a photo of this here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10677801@N07/986442379/

    I decided to dye all the pieces in order to cover up this slight color difference. I used Jacquard acid dye in chestnut. I did the dyeing on the stove top. I heated approx. 1/2 oz. of the dye with 1/3 cup white vinegar in 4 gallons of water to about 180 degrees with the pieces in the dye bath. Unfortunately, the color came out uneven. Here is a photo of the results:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/10677801@N07/986442715/in/photostream/

    What should I do? Any suggestions on how I can even out the color on this? I have read a bit about glauber salts. Could I use them to level out this color? The sweater is wool, by the way.

    Thank you for any and all suggestions.
  • Hi,

    It may be better to strip the color out using color remover and start again. Asl use bottled water to ensure the water quality is good when dyeing with acid dyes.

    Celia