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Tutorial: RIT-Dye Color Chart by taeliac Tutorial: RIT-Dye Color Chart by taeliac
Colors with an * denotes discontinued colors

:star: Please look at my tutorial on how to dye fabric with RIT Dye :star:

Here is the color grid of RIT Dye colors and how they take to different types of fibers. These were taken off of scans of the actual test fiber strips that we did in class, and I took every precaution to be sure that they remained true-to-life color. This does not mean, however, that they'll all display the same on every monitor - rather, this is just a guide for how the color takes, and the variations on each color that happen.

The strips (from the black line on) are as follows:
1: Spun Diacetate (think taffeta, satin, brocades)
2: Modacrylic (usually flame retardant fabrics, non-wovens, fleece, wigs)
3: Filament Triacetate (if the fabric is wrinkle-resistant, this is probably what it is)
4: Bleached Cotton
5: Acrylic (Creslan 61) (I don't know the difference between the different Acrylic fibers, but they seem to dye the same way)
6: Polyester (Dacron 54) (again, I don't know what the differences actually are)
7: Polyester (Dacron 64)
8: Nylon
9: Acrylic (Orlon 75)
10: Spun Silk (i.e. Silk)
11: Polypropylene (i.e. Polyester)
12: Rayon
13: Worsted Wool

Plus, the final two columns were because we did larger samples of cotton and silk.

I hope that this helps you out a bit - I'll have the tutorial for how to RIT Dye up shortly!

We did miss a few newer colors that they added to their production, but we did not have at school - sorry about that! Also, many of the discontinued colors can sometimes be found at stores still, so that is why I included them.

2007 Sam Lemieux/Taeliac Studio Cosplay [link]
Please do not redistribute without my permission!
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wiltedrose112 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Thank you so freaking much. I have been on a mad search for this exact thing. I am thoroughly disappointed that Rit does not have anything like this on their site. 
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shapkaa Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm dying a Tilley hat that was given to me by someone who didn't want it anymore and this is so helpful! Thank you so much!
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SkellyBro Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your tutorials so much.... they seriously are perfect for cosplay...
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Zichee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Now I don't have to worry how my fabric will turn out. Thx for sharing! =)
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EricaVee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
This is amazing!! Thank you so much for the resource.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time!! When we did these in class all I could think was "welp, gotta get these put together and online so I don't forget when I inevitably loose the samples!" :giggle:
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
What does the astrix mean?
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MySilentAsylum Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Super helpful! thank you!
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emoXD-jc Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
i have aquestion? so do u know if you dye soil resistant fabric?
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needcleanair Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
My cotton fabric is already the color of the Yellow -1 row and the Cotton Colum. It is a very light pastel color. So am at a loss how dying it will come out. It is a store bought couch slip cover with no place to snip a sample peice to try.They call the color Natural since it isn't white. Think of the color of whipping cream before you whip it.
Help. I am thinking of a Navy or Royal blue or Purple dye but will the two blues turn to green with pastel yellow fabric? And the Purple dye just turn the fabric some weird shade?
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lower-case Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm going to be dying a dress for a convention next month and this will come in handy. :) Thank you.
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
OH. MY. GOD. THANK YOU.
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frostbell Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
YOU ARE A GODDESS

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Andichan04 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
not sure why I didn't have this favorited earlier - I think because by now I know "If I need costume help, check taeliac's DA first!" lol

Planning on making a Mai (from Avatar) costume for AX, and I have tons of this white cotton fabric lying around that I think may work, if I can dye it the right colours. Going to do a test-run first, of course. :D
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PandaBearPaige13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
You are amazing.

I just have no need for this information as of now.

But still!
You seem to know so much!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, I went to school for costume production, so we have to know all sorts of odd things - you never know what a director is going to say that they want :giggle:
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Shiro-Shiro-chan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Hello, I dont know if you have answered this question before but would you happen to know if bottom weight fabric takes well to Rit dye? My fabric store has two colors of bottom weight...black and white...XD but I need it to be an Auqumarine color.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hrm... I actually do not know! I've heard that bottom weight doesn't take to the dye very well, for darker colors (my friend tried to ombre dye some for her final, and it came out lighter than she wanted, but that was using a fiber reactive dye, not RIT). You may either need to dye it a couple of times to get it dark enough, but I do know that it's possible to get the color onto the fabric ;P

Your best bet is to do a small sample of it (just scale down the proportions of water and dye) and see what color it comes out. Before dumping all of your fabric into it, though, let the dyed sample dry overnight, and then rise it out to get all of the dye out of it ;P That should tell you if you're going to need to do it more that once!

You may also want to experiment with using a darker blue in conjunction with the aquamarine dye, but that is definitely something to do samples with before dying any quantity of fabric :)
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Shiro-Shiro-chan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Well im going a lighter color, I shall give it a try just to see XD thank you so much, its hard to find people who know what they are talking about on here so I thank you very much for responding, have a nice day ^^
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PandaBearPaige13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
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go APH <3

*Random, I know <3*
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Shiro-Shiro-chan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Yay! A Hetalia fan! ^^ <3
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PandaBearPaige13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
We're taking over the world~~
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Shiro-Shiro-chan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Mwhahahahahahahaha.....
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ListeningAngel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Thanks SO MUCH!

I'm planning on dying nylon in Kelly green, so this is really helpful. x3
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I hope it works out for you! If RIT gives you a pain, I believe a company called "Dylon" has a dye that is meant for nylon and poly stuffs, but I've never got to use it... if RIT doesn't work, let me know and I'll see if there are any other dyes I've used that would work for you, too :D
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lupe12142 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi i might dye a white saddle pad (made of cotton and polyester) orange and i was wondering if it woud turn out darker then the tangerine.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It will probably turn out lighter, just because it's so dodgy to know what color polyester will take - it's like a random game! You may want to start out with just doing more thinned out batches, and just keep re-dying it until you get the color you want - that way, you're (hopefully) not going to overshoot it on the first dying!
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lupe12142 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay thanks
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Panic-Button-419 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
I so love you for this! This will help me a lot.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I'm glad it will help! :glomp:
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AznAnimeChick Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Would you recommend RIT dye to color jeans? My sister and I bought some black jeans that faded after we washed them. From there we bought some DYLON fabric dye (in Velvet black, its a powder). After we dyed the jeans, they looked ok. But they still fade every time we wash them.

Any tips?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
ooh... you're probably never going to get a deep black with denim, it's just something about the type of fiber and it's ability to take colors, I'm sorry to say. If the DYLON stuff didn't work, RIT probably won't, either :(
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AznAnimeChick Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Ah, thanks a lot! But would the RIT fade after washing? Cause it's not that the dye wasn't dark, its that it faded after we washed the jeans.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
If the other dye didn't stick, the RIT probably won't, either - that's the big downside of really dark colors, they don't like to stick to anything unless it's professionally done (like, in the large factory when the fabric is woven~) and if they can't get it to stick, it probably won't XP

Is there any stretch to the pants? Because dying things with a bit of spandex or lycra in them is nigh impossible, or at least getting the dye to stick :(
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AznAnimeChick Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
o.0 I see.. well I guess we're gonna just have to dye em once again and leave em be. We don't wear the jeans often, but it'll still be nice to have em nice and dark. Thanks for the info.

As for he stretch, I'm not quite sure so I'll look into it.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Probably, I'm sorry to say! At least they won't get regular wear - you could try washing them by hand in cold water, if you do have to clean them. Just use a little bit of detergent (something like Woolite is great) in cold water, and let them hang dry, and the color may stay better! :hug:
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znow-white Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Your Resources have been included in our weekly Friday FumZ FrenZy event article for the Resources & Stock image gallery [link]
Thank you for sharing with the community.:rose: :heart:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww! Thank you so much! :glomp:
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waselreins Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're so awesome for posting this color chart! I had a feeling that RIT dye would come out muted, for some reason. Is there another dye that you would recommend that will work better if we want brighter colors? Thank you in advance!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, RIT is really kind of not the best dyes out there. For the brighter colors, it more or less depends on what your material is - cottons will always tend to dye a bit more muted, but silks dye wonderfully. I'm sorry to say, though, that all the dying I've done has been with various chemical dyes, not mixes you purchase in the store ^^; [link] is where I usually get all of my dyes and supplies.

I have heard that Dylon dyes work on polyester fabrics, but I've never actually done that before.

This is the dye [link] that I've seen used in theatre productions before, but I haven't actually done the dying. If you're going to do this route, though, be sure you get all the auxiliaries you'll need :D
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waselreins Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I see. I had no idea, never tried dyeing before. But it's good to know.

Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it =D.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any time! It's a bit tricky at first, to get used to having to mix these things yourself and get the proportions right to dye the color you want, if you're doing it the complicated way, but once you do, it's actually rather addicting :D

*goes off to dye more corset fabric*
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SeeSayLeki Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really neat. It's wonderful you put so much effort into this. : ' )

BTW, where would be the best place to get RIT Dye? Just a common store like Walmart?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a problem!! I had to do the samples for class, so it was definitely worth it posting them, because those stupid dying strips are really expensive to just up and buy, and not to mention all the different colors of dye :faint:

And, yep! You should be able to find it at Walmart by their crafts, and places like JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby. I even think some Walgreens and other pharmacy places have them, by the laundry detergent :D
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SeeSayLeki Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha, I know how that is. We have to pay 1-2 times a year for some classes. And extra if we want to further ourselves. XD

Thanks for telling me. If I can weasel my mom or grandmother out of a pot I'll try this on some a cotton/polyster blend. I'm gonna have to figure out how to do it in bands though. XD

; )
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ElegantlyEccentric Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! This is wonderful.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! I am glad to hear that it is helpful - I know, doing this really was a pain, but well worth it :D
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ElegantlyEccentric Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can imagine!
Anyway, thank you again. This is a costumer's treasure.
For the record, also, linen takes RIT dye about like cotton does, from my experiences. Why you get a brighter result on nylon, of all things, than many of the natural fibers boggles my mind, but hey, better living through modern chemistry... :)
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SourNine Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i love you so much for this, and the tutorial. RIT dye 's instructions are suprisingly hard to understand. [link]
Joy
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, I hear you on that one - the instructions on the package are rather... well, vague XP

I'm glad that this helps, though! :love:
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