Dyeing a Hat

Discussion in 'Hats' started by J.T.Marcus, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. NewJack has a hat dyed Palomino style. I think he had someone dye it & reblock for him. I like it & would like to see it in person. Perhaps he will see this & chime in.

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  2. mayserwegener

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    Historically the head of the Dye Department was the most important position in the factory. Fur felt is more problematic compared to wool. The European Hat / Felt Industry (especially in Germany) were at the forefront regarding Soft Felts. I have much historical information on this topic. When I visited Tonak in 2011 they wouldn't show me their dye department due to trade secrets.
     
  3. That’s one great hat and the coloring is wonderful. How do you get inconsistencies without it looking splotchy? I’m betting they didn’t use $2.98 Revlon hair dye :)
     
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  4. It’s coming along but there will be a few dark areas/spots where the dye was not absorbed evenly. Still, better than I was expecting. It will come off the block in another 24ish hours.

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    It will definitely need a little pouncing before moving on. Time to pick out some ribbon.


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  5. The color has faded as it has completely dried. It now has a strong purple undertone.

    I’ve ironed out the brim and I’m ready to sew in the sweat. The brim will get trued up on a rounding jack but I’ll leave it as wide as the narrowest spot is.

    Despite having been soaked in the dye, the inside of the crown retains the original color. The color definitely does not go full-thickness and I’m not sure what I’ll do with the edge of the brim exposed by the rounding. I’m not wanting to spend the money to bind the brim on what will be a beater hat.

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    The color saturation isn’t as bad as the photos make it appear, but it certainly isn’t perfect either.

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    Still needs a finish pouncing...I’m only going to 600 as this is not going to be a dress hat. I went with a 61.5 cm dark brown sweat. I’m letting my wife chose whatever ribbon she wants (still a mystery to me). I went with the royal blue with gold liner because that’s what I had on hand.


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  6. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I seems on my monitor that it came out great. The hat that I dyed a mid grey came out a bit splotchy but minor and it seemed to add to the hat's interest. To me yours looks great.
     
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  7. Mustang Mike's Hats

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    Looks like a really fun project that's having some pretty good results!
     
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  8. LuvMyMan

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    Well you are doing something I would not attempt. For me the only thing close to a dye job on a hat would be dropping it in a pot of chili cooking on the stove!
     
  9. LuvMyMan

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    That is very sharp looking. I love that color!
     
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  10. LuvMyMan

    LuvMyMan I’ll Lock Up.

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    Now that's Italian! LOL! Vinegar can actually linger in fabric for some time, being an natural acid it tends to "cling" to fibers.
     
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  11. abe ny

    abe ny Familiar Face

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  12. abe ny

    abe ny Familiar Face

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    any phone number ?
     
  13. abe ny

    abe ny Familiar Face

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    hello got anything?
     

  14. You’re replying to a member who hasn’t logged on the The Fedora Lounge in almost ten years! Don’t expect an answer.
     
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  15. abe ny

    abe ny Familiar Face

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    oh okay so anyone can advise?
     
  16. M Hatman

    M Hatman My Mail is Forwarded Here

    A time machine back to 1915 or so will get it done......;) Madison's.jpg
     
  17. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Check out a site....www.maiwa.com They run a shop that sells fabric and dyes. On their website they have a great page on how to dye natural fabrics/felts. Natural fabric requires a different type dye than polyesters/man made fabric. They also sell mail order dyes and preparation. I used them to dye a felt and it turned out great. Although I too had the same problem as Deadly with the penetration of the brim. When I trimmed the brim it exposed the old colour as the dye did not penetrate all the way through. So I ended up binding the brim to hide it.
     
  18. abe ny

    abe ny Familiar Face

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    thanks so much will check them out
     
  19. abe ny

    abe ny Familiar Face

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    can i
    can i still reach them?
     
  20. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Yes, go to www.maiwa.com. On the top of the home page is a drop down menu. Click on 'Supply Store' and you will see a menu of choice. There is a tab for 'Instructions'. It is full of good info on dyeing natural fabrics (as opposed to polyesters etc)
     

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