Thanks for the advice - I'll give it a try.
Thanks for the compliment too! It was my second attempt at dyeing it - which also added to the wear and tear. I bought a 2 ounce bottle of powdered dye. I started to heat water on the stove but didn't have a big enough pot. I also used the recommended 1/4 cup of vinegar per gallon of water. I ended up with a dark pinky shade. The second time - I filled a bucket with near boiling water, the fabric, and added about twice as much vinegar. I let it sit for 30 minutes and stirred it every so often - I could really see the dye was absorbing because the dye bath was getting clearer as time went on. White silk was $20 a yard, red silk was $60 a yard and a bit out of my comfort zone.