How To Dye Your Plain Boring White Canvas Shoes
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There are many ways to dye a material and the dyeing process also differs according to the type of material used.So,I would recommend you to read the instructions at the back of the package before you dye.I used Dip dye method as I wanted to use 2 colours in same shoe.
Fill half of the container with warm water and 2 tablespoons of salt.(Mix well and add small amount of dye in the starting stage, mix well again.Now, take the sample piece and dip it inside the dye bath.Take out to check whether the colour is okay for you.If you feel it is lighter ,then you can add more dye. Before immersing the shoe in the dye bath, just wet them in the normal water and also don't forget to wear gloves . Then immerse first half of the shoe inside the dye bath and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
The container I used had a large base, so the shoes kept slipping inside the bath.(Tried to clip on ,but couldn't).If you want to avoid this , take a container which has a narrow bottom so that when you want to dye half portion of the shoe, it will be perfect.After the first trial of dyeing I added more dye and dyed the front portion a little dark and leaving it inside the bath for another 15 mintues.(I kept some stones inside the shoes to make it stand !!But then, I was checking it for every 5 mintues). The shoes look as shown after 30 minutes.
As I was thinking a bit to use the same container for other side, this time I followed a different method .Prepared the dye bath and used a foam brush to dye.(Because I don't want the red colour to mix with teal colour).Dip the brush in dye bath and paint as you would do with normal paint.The more coating you give darker the colour.I did a little blending of colours in the middle part of the shoe.Result of which ended in some violet shades.(Ha!!Some colour theories are working here :))Yep!!I liked it.If you don't want to end up something you did not dream about, it is better to do a test sample and then try on the original one.
If you want to dye the lace , do the same procedure.But keep it mind that the dye smears little above the area you expect the material to be dyed.(Again!!Some chemistry and capillary actions :)). I dyed it in half red and half teal colour :) but it ended in lighter shades of blue and pink as I did not wait for long time.If you want a darker shades of teal and red ,immerse it in the dye bath for longer time.
Rinse it in warm water, then in cool water until water runs clear.(Warm water helps to rinse the residual dye in the surface effectively).Wash it in such a way the lighter portion of the material dyed should be up.When doing it for the double colour project do this step for first half separately and then the other half so that the colours won't mix up.