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DIY Tutorial: Dying Lace Trim

Sometimes at Fabric Mart we have a little time to experiment with our fabrics and trims. I spared a few minutes in between tasks to experiment with dying our Venice lace. After yesterday's post my mind was still on lace all morning and I couldn't wait to put our cotton lace to the test. We currently only have a few cotton laces online. But any cotton or rayon lace will do! 
I chose to make my lace trim pink. Because pink and lace is the best thing I could think of!
I first laid a piece of aluminum foil on the table to keep the dye from roaming the table top. I used a paper bowl to mix my color in. I little dye goes a long way! But the cotton will absorb it very quickly. 
I used a dye kit from Charlotte Anne. (The website for Charlotte Anne is apparently no longer available but another fabric dye kit would work just as well. Try your local fabric and craft store.) 
To make the lace pink I pour a small amount of water into my bowl and then added about 5 drops on red dye. I used a paint brush to apply the dye. Using a brush prevented making a big mess but it did cause the dye to be applied unevenly, but it still worked rather well. 
I was having so much fun with this process I then attempted to paint the lace with the dye. I chose to use blue and orange dye for this challenge, blue for the flowers, orange for the leaves and the background. While applying the orange dye the colors ran together and left me with a funky tie-dye look. 
I used these two laces from our online store:
SVE4157 Abstract Pansy Swirl and SVB4129 Floral Scallop Venice Lace SOLD OUT
They are both a cotton/rayon blend.
Now which project from all my inspiration should I pick to use my new lace?! -Kaitlin


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  1. Interesting that you ended up with a 'green' between the blue and the orange! Nice.

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