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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2006 02:51:55 PM »

Will Wilton dye cotton and acrylic, too?  Or just animal fibers?  And is it colorfast?  Like could you dye some cotton for dishcloths, or would it bleed?  Hmmm... maybe I'll buy some cotton tomorrow and find out, as I have 4 egg crates full of Wilton dyes under my cupboard, which stupidly were being used for cake decorating.  Roll Eyes  lol
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2006 11:03:08 AM »

Food dyes are acid dyes. They will not dye cotton or acrylic. They will dye protein fibers such as wool or silk as well as nylon and [i believe] both ingeo and soy silk.
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2006 05:37:30 PM »

Thanks, TheBon!
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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2006 07:56:25 PM »

thank you for posting that red 3 thing!  I wish I had read that more closely before spending $18 on dyes b/c I was so disappointed the other day when my purples turned to pink. 

I also think I used too much acid though...citric acid, so next time I will use just a little bit.  I think this really made the colors separate even more.  I will let you know what happens!
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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2007 07:04:59 AM »

I love all of these pointers!

I just wanted to add that I've gotten some great kettledyed results - tonal variations of a single color - when I haven't dissolved the Wilton's very thoroughly.  So basically, I've stirred it a bit, but there are usually some globs of the gel left over... where those globs come in contact with they yarn they eventually break down (as you heat it), and the color is much more saturated in those spots.

It just depends on what you're going for!
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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2007 05:48:29 AM »

Hi again  Smiley
I just finished moving my blog to a new location and the link to my little experiment has been updated above. Also, here is some yarn I spun from roving that I dyed with a mix of moss green and delphinium blue.

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« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2007 08:42:32 PM »

I have found these to be really vibrant too Smiley  I'm so glad I came across this thread so I could better understand how to compensate for red number 3 Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2007 04:00:49 AM »

Thanks for the tips, I was going to try it this week if my fleece is clean enough!
Thanks! This is great to know!
I can't wait to try Wilton dyes! LOL Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2007 12:24:11 PM »

OK, can I just tell you what happened to me?  I was looking at autumnelayne's fabulous experiment results, and I really liked the look of the delphinium blue - with the purpley blue and then the bright pink spots from the Red #3.  So I bought some delphinium blue to attempt to replicate it, and...

can you guess?

I got blue.  Roll Eyes Delphinium blue.  The Red #3 didn't separate out at all - no red left in the water, no pink/red spots.  I guess my version of a "glug" of vinegar is actually a whole bunch?

What can I say... I try for spots and get solid colors... everyone else tries for solids and gets spots.  Sheesh!  Huh
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« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2007 09:28:57 PM »

Thanks tenrec! I just noticed a typo on my experiment instructions about the vinegar, not sure why I wrote 1 + 1/2 cup vinegar to 2 cups water, but it was actually 1/2 cup vinegar to 2 cups water.
That is so weird you got a solid! Maybe it was a freak batch of dye from the factory?
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