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Barb asked about overdyeing. That is where you take something that is one color the print fabric that just never 'goes' with anything....but you just had to have...and dyeing another transparent color over the top of changes the color, but the print still shows through.

Take a plain little floral with a light yellow background...cut it into 4 pieces. Leave one as-is. Dye the other with transparent fabric. Dye the next piece with you have a yellow piece, a toast colored piece and a green piece ...all the same print. You need a bright, so you can go for a more intense yellow over the top of the pale, or you can put pink over it for a mango color. Now you have 4 different colors in exactly the same print. Comes in handy when you need a repeated pattern, but the fabric manufacturers don't give you one.

I also overdye old pieces of bluejeans and use the denim in projects, like the Kindle covers. The pink and green are overdyed khaki in this purse I made. The zebras are purchased from an outreach program for African women.

Tea dyeing is similar to overdyeing..the tea...or coffee, mutes the brighter shades.

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