Tips for Stenciling an IKEA Rug?

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Q: We recently went shopping for a new living room rug and quickly learned anything we truly liked, we couldn't afford. So we purchased a white Ikea Erslev rug with the intentions of dyeing it a darker color. We would like to use a pattern instead of having it one solid color, but we don't know how to add color without just vat dyeing the whole rug.

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We thought about spray paint, but don't want the stiffness that would add. Is there any way to dye a rug using a stencil and have the color saturate the rug without bleeding into the stenciled area?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.