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« on: March 02, 2007 05:46:40 AM »

Hey everybody!  This is my first time branching out of my little Kool-Aid world and my little yarn dyeing world.  Today I am going to dye some roving with Wilton's icing dyes.  I've been reading a bunch of tutorials, and I think I know what I'm going to do.  The only problem is all of these tutorials are for microwave dyeing, and I'd really prefer to do it on the stove.  I have this lovely yarn pot:



and 8 oz of South African top.  I think it would be prudent to split it up into manageable batches.  Would I be able to put it in the pot on the stove like I would when I dye yarn?  In one tutorial, I read that  it helps to put the fiber in pantyhose to keep it from moving around too much.  Definitely going to try that.  How light and wash fast are Wilton's dyes?  How saturated are they?  Those were some questions that I just couldn't seem to figure out from googling.

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2007 10:37:37 AM »

Would I be able to put it in the pot on the stove like I would when I dye yarn?

Absolutely; I dye with Wilton's on the stovetop all of the time. Here is a good tutorial for dyeing on the stovetop.

How light and wash fast are Wilton's dyes?

Not very, in my experience. I have washed a pair of gloves made with handspun dyed with Wilton's, and while they still look good, some of the brighter spots seem to have faded. That's pretty par for the course with food grade dyes, though. I think the only way to get color and light fast roving is to use acid/commercial grade fiber dye.

How saturated are they?

They can turn out very, very bright. But pastels are also possible; it really just depends on the amount of dye you use, and how long you allow them to soak before dyeing them, and how long you leave them in the dye.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2007 11:18:30 AM »

Thanks!

I'm so frustrated with this.  I bought a giant pot when I was out buying dyes only to find out there is a giant leak somewhere in it.  I think I put too much dye in, too, so it's not running clear at all.  booo.  Oh well, hopefully it'll still be pretty Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2007 12:05:15 AM »

I used to use wilton dyes a lot, I often found that I never completely exhausted the dyepot with them.
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