DIY Dyed Sheepskin
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If you have an old, unloved sheepskin at home – don’t even think about throwing it away! By simply changing the colour, you can create a dyed sheepskin rug that will make any space feel updated and trendy.
Sheepskins are very popular at the moment, but anyone that has a sheepskin will know that over time it can become discoloured and unattractive.
Maybe you have an old sheepskin sitting at home that you have been reluctant to show off because of the fact that it looks a bit faded and time-worn.
This tutorial will show you that it is possible to take an old sheepskin and dye it a complementing colour, so that you are excited to show it off in your home.
A sheepskin rug is so versatile and could be used in many ways around your home.
I have several sheepskins in my home and love using them draped over the bed or layered on the floor for a textured look.
Creative Director and Interior Designer, Jessica Viscarde gives her expert decorating tips in the article How to Choose the Perfect Floor Rug.
Her ideas of layering rugs relate perfectly to a sheepskin, which paired with other types of larger floor rugs would give an interesting and eclectic touch to any space.
Before dying your sheepskin, consider the tonal or contrasting colours that would help to create a perfect balance against your existing home decor.
While I’ve gone for a simple dark brown, feel free to experiment with different colours – this is a chance to create a new home accessory that complements your interior style.
The brown colour is an accent colour that blends well against the light neutrals in my home, helping to give an added depth and pop of warmth in the space.
As a general rule, it is better to go darker as wool will always dye to a lighter shade and bear in mind that if the sheepskin has yellowed due to age, this will surely affect the final colour.
“A sheepskin rug is so versatile and could be used in many different ways around your home.”
Instructions for Dyed Sheepskin Rug
The materials you will need to dye this sheepskin rug are:
- A sheepskin rug
- Fabric Dye
- White Vinegar
- Large Bucket
- Wooden Spoon
1. Start by mixing fabric dye with 500ml of warm water.
2. Add one cup of white vinegar and stir until mixture is completely dissolved.
Wool requires an acidic fixing agent, which is why you are using vinegar instead of salt.
3. Empty 6L of warm water to a large bucket or basin.
4. Add the dye and vinegar mixture to the water and stir until it is combined.
5. Lay the sheepskin in the bath, with the wool side facing downwards.
To make sure your sheepskin dyes evenly, your bucket must be large enough for the sheepskin to lay flat down in the bath.
6. Keep the sheepskin in the bath for at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
7. Remove the sheepskin from the dye bath and rinse in cold water until it runs clear.
8. Lay the sheepskin in a shady spot and allow to dry. Do not place in direct sunlight and this may cause the dye to fade and the skin to harden.
9. Once the sheepskin has completely dried, take an old hairbrush and brush out the wool to fluff it up.
“Consider the tonal or contrasting colours that would help to create a perfect balance against your existing home decor.”
Important Tips to know when dying a sheepskin rug
When dying a sheepskin rug, always consider the existing colour of the rug.
Yellow + Blue = Green.
Feel me? Yeah, you do.
Also, when dying a real sheepskin – be careful as wetting the sheepskin with hot water can cause the skin to harden and shrink.
A tanned leather sheepskin may also become weakened when wet, causing it to disintegrate.
I know this as I have lost a sheepskin before from washing.
For this dyed sheepskin tutorial, I have used a faux sheepskin rug which will hold together better than a real one.
This method may be used for a real sheepskin, but extra care should be taken.
Happy sheepskin dying!
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