> actually tried to dye linen before, and I've heard it doesn't take
dye well, and
> I'm likely to get a pastel effect. I particularly like golden
colors, mossy greens,
> dusty rose, and muted eggplant. Any suggestions for dying this
> products would you more experienced dyers suggest?
**As for dying any cellulose fiber (read, linen, rayon, cotton, and
sometimes silk, but it is often a little paler) go with procyon
brand dyes from Dharma Trading. They are easy to use, and one of the
most concentrated brands of dye, so a little goes a long way. And
they work really well on linen, with little or no fading after use.
Linen might be more difficult to dye, using natural plant dyes, I
haven't had time to try those yet, but procyon works great. Also
that site has wonderful instructions for all forms of dying.
If you ever are interested in dying wool, or another method for
silk, you can go to Pro Chem, to their dyes, and look for acid dyes,
which are made for protein fibers. (yes, I listed silk as both,
because it is very much a combination of both, and works equally
well with either dye, depending on the colors you want) Pro Chem has
a very easy to use sheet that I printed out, for directions on acid
dying. It does need to be stove-top, but again, it's not hard at
all, and not overly messy... Good luck!