I received 3 x Fabric Dye for hand use (for me to try out) and also 2 x Fabric Dye for Machine Use which are for me to giveaway! (I will let you know how to enter the competition at the end of this post)
DYLON started as a company all the way back in 1946! The business was originally called ‘Dyes of London’ and it was founded by two young entrepreneurs, Luca Purbeck and Peter Samuel who began selling colourful dyes from a garage in central London. As you probably know, the company is still going strong now in 2016 and the dyes are currently available in over 70 countries around the world! You can read more about the company history on their About Us page.
Each sachet of DYLON fabric dye for hand use retails at £3.39 each. All I needed to add was 250g of salt for each sachet of dye used and I only had to pay 59p for a 750g tub from my local shop.
These are the fabric dye colour descriptions from the DYLON website –
Tulip Red (Info from the DYLON website)
Red is the colour of love, passion and dynamism. It’s a motivating, confident colour that energizes and attracts people. This glorious red shade recalls the stunning tulip fields of Holland in full bloom. Invite Tulip Red into your home or wear it for a vibrant look that will quicken any beating heart.
Also available in Tulip Red Fabric Dye for machine use
Tropical Green (Info from the DYLON website)
Tropical climates are famous for their lush vegetation and vibrant colours set against succulent green leaves. This vivid shade of green is brimming with the life and freshness of the tropics. Bring it into your home or wardrobe for instant vitality.
Also available in Tropical Green Fabric Dye for machine use
Olive Green (Info from the DYLON website)
Mediterranean hillsides would not be complete without their scenic olive groves. This succulent shade of green is inspired by the lush green leaves of those olive trees.
Introduce Olive Green fabrics into your home or wardrobe for a touch of natural beauty.
Also available in Olive Green Fabric Dye for machine use
So far I have only used the Tulip Red dye and am very impressed! I tipped the sachet of dye into an old bucket (mine was £1 from Poundland) and mixed it with 500ml of warm water until the dye has dissolved. I then added approx 6 litres of warm water and 250g salt into the bucket and gave it a stir. Finally you can go ahead and add your item/s which are to be dyed. One sachet (mixed up) can dye up to 250g of material (or it can dye more fabric but to a lighter shade).
The items you can dye must be made from cotton, linen or viscose. Items made of wool, silk, polyester/cotton and polyester/viscose mixes will dye to a lighter shade. If you have any questions about fabric suitability please contact DYLON on 01737 781300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For this DYLON review we attempted to tie-dye a long-sleeved t-shirt and we had a huge amount of success! It was my daughter’s first time at witnessing tie-dye in action and she had so much fun!! Last time I tie-dyed anything was a lot of years ago when I was at school but it obviously made an impact as I can still remember it. 🙂
I will tell you how we did it in a minute but firstly I’d love you to take a look at our finished garment. As you can tell we (my daughter and I) are pretty proud of our achievement! The thing is though – it really was so simple to do and no expertise was needed at all – anyone could make a tie-dyed item like this.
As you can see from the photo above we started off with a plain white cotton t-shirt and then we tied it all up in bunches using those tiny little loom bands (elastic bands). We used different tying techniques to get the various shapes that appeared in the final tie-dyed design. (Here’s an interesting link that shows some ways to tie your garment or piece of material for tie-dying –http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2015/06/tie-dye-folding-techniques-16-vibrant-tie-dye-patterns-tiedyeyoursummer.html)
Once the plain white t-shirt was covered in the tied bunches we then submerged it in the dye solution in the bucket. DYLON recommend washing your item and leaving it damp before putting it in the dye but I’m afraid we didn’t do that – we just put the t-shirt it in -dry and unwashed. It didn’t seem to affect it in any way though.
Once the garment had been submerged for over an hour – probably more like 90 minutes , we then removed it from the dye (make sure to wear gloves otherwise you’ll get dyed hands!) and then we rinsed it out under the tap until the water ran fairly clear. We then removed all the elastic loom bands and then rinsed it once more to remove as much excess dye as we could. The last thing we had to do was then leave the garment out to dry.
Ta Dah! A finished tie-dyed garment and a very happy daughter! 😀 (For the first few washes we will wash this separately in case there is more excess dye to come out of the t-shirt)
This was a really enjoyable arty craft to do with my daughter and not only was it fun but also educational….and as I home-educate her that means that tie-dying is a win-win craft! We both get to have fun whilst learning and experimenting with colour and pattern making.
We still have the other 2 sachets of green dye to use and we are going to do some more tie-dying with those after Christmas. I shall share pics when we do some more tie-dying using our DYLON dyes.
You don’t have to just tie-dye your clothes you can also just dye them so they completely change colour – rather than a tie-dye effect. I have also dyed red (using the remaining dye after I had finished tie-dying the t-shirt) a pair of new white trainer socks and a white v-pillow case. The dye took to the items perfectly and they are both a great red hue. Possibly slightly lighter than the original red t-shirt but still a nice red tone all the same. You can see the photo below :-
A big thank you goes out to DYLON for gifting us these sachets of dye to have a play around with. Also it was very kind of them to send me the 2 boxes of Machine Fabric Dye for one of my lucky readers to win.
So now to the competition! –
DYLON gifted me two boxes of fabric dye for machine use to giveaway to one lucky UK based winner. One box is Dark Green and the other is Tulip Red. These are designed to be used in the washing machine – not for hand use (like the ones I reviewed in this post). You can see the info on them here – http://www.dylon.co.uk/products/dyes/fabric-dye-for-machine-use/
Each dye is worth £6.84 and each one can dye up to 600g of material to the full shade or 1.2 kg to a lighter shade.
The competition is only open to UK residents and it closes at 11.59pm on the 15th December 2016. Entry is via the Gleam form below so there are lots of ways you can gain entries. Best of luck!