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Friday, July 20, 2012

More On Kool-Aid Dyeing

I received several questions about the yarn I dyed earlier this week and thought that I should clarify a few things about dyeing with Kool-Aid.  First and foremost, I need to warn you that dyeing yarn with this method is highly addictive (as you can see by these six skeins of newly dyed yarn)!  Secondly and probably most importantly, Kool-Aid will only dye animal fiber (wool, mohair, alpaca) so don't try to dye cotton yarn or fabric with Kool-Aid unless you take disappointment well.  With that said, you could easily dye wool fabric or wool felt with Kool-Aid and I imagine that the results would be wonderful!  Thirdly, when dyeing with Kool-Aid it's not necessary to add vinegar because of the citric acid contained in the drink mix, however, I like to add a bit of vinegar to the pre-soak just to be on the safe side.  (I used about a 1/2 cup of vinegar to about 2 quarts of water.)  Finally, to heat set the dye, I placed the wet yarn in a ziplock bag and microwaved on high at 60 second intervals until the water in the bag appeared to be clear.  I think that answers all of the questions, but if you would like more detailed instructions for dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid visit  DyeYourYarn.com.

8 comments:

kutiequilter said...

Your yarn is beautiful!

Nancy said...

I've been meaning to do some Kool-aid dyeing for several years. I have reclaimed wool from thrifted sweaters, the Kool-aid, and the pans, but I just haven't done anything. I want to try your ice dyeing method.

QuilterMary said...

Where do you get your "naked" yarn before you dress it so pretty?

Needled Mom said...

Sooooo pretty. I bookmarked the site and would love trying it sometime.

Jean said...

Love the yarn.

Deb said...

more yumminess.

Cheryl said...

Your yarn is just beautiful. Do you think it would work on silk?

Dora, the Quilter said...

Love the way your yarns dyed. Very pretty. I'm wondering what yarn you began with.

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