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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2007 03:58:34 PM »


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Also consider using soy wax - it has a lower melt point and isn't suitable for hot baths, but will rinse out in the sink/washer and won't clog up the drains. It also doesn't give off nasty fumes.
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2007 05:01:43 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2007 11:17:50 PM »

I just had my first dyeing experience today. I dyed superwash wool with kool aid. I have a feeling that I am going to try a bunch of different dyeing methods and materials thanks to the inspiration I am getting from this board. I love the batik pieces I have been seeing. I hope to try some natural dyeing soon!
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2007 04:00:06 PM »

I do mainly tie dye, but i love batik.

im so happy theres finally a dyeing forum!!!!!!!


i paint with dye-- and i love most dyeing on hemp.

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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2007 07:21:19 PM »

I took an ancient/natural dyes workshop today!!!  Grin
Carol Leigh is amazing and the process is magical! I'll start a new thread in the completed section with the fruits of our labors tomorow!
I have a stash of easter egg dye so I think I'll try that next, on wool for felting.
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« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2007 04:27:59 PM »

I use leather dyes almost exclusively, and for things other than leather.  I normally dye gourds, my table, the carpet, my hands, my clothes.. .well normally just the gourds on purpose.  I also dye things using manic panic hair dye because of the bright colors ^_^ 

I used to use koolaid, but I made even more of a mess.

I want to learn how to do silk dyeing and such.
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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2007 03:35:14 PM »

speaking of dyeing...do you have to have a specific color of yarn (or fabric  Huh) in order to dye it a different color? i have this horrific color of blue yarn and i was wondering if it is possible i can dye it a different color...so how would i go about doing this  Undecided o and its like store bought...=s i hope that doesn't make it more difficult any help would be grateful!!!  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2007 03:53:14 PM »

speaking of dyeing...do you have to have a specific color of yarn (or fabric  Huh) in order to dye it a different color? i have this horrific color of blue yarn and i was wondering if it is possible i can dye it a different color...so how would i go about doing this  Undecided o and its like store bought...=s i hope that doesn't make it more difficult any help would be grateful!!!  Grin
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You might want to research "overdying" - thats when you dye over another color. Its possible to do, as long as your yarn (or fabric) isnt acrylic or similar man made material. It has to be wool, silk, cotton, etc. And each different type of material will take a different sort of dye
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2007 07:16:14 AM »

I dye roving, wool and silk with all sorts of things, I started with kool-aid packs in the microwave and graduated to turmeric and mushroom baths in double boiler. I love wiltons icing dyes because they are thick and I can control where they go in a hot pour method. I'm also a big fan of easter egg dyes because they produce brilliant color, like an acid dye without being dangerous for me or my cook ware. Everyonce and awhile I'll tie-dye, but only when my nieces beg and plead.
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« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2007 08:16:10 PM »

At the moment I only work with plant and food safe dyes as I don't have a dedicated space for dyeing so I have to do it in my kitchen. I don't want other kind of dyes near my children.

I have been experimenting with Kool Aid on silk hankies. It works really well.

But I need to work out a method of putting several different colours on the silk hankie without using a microwave - all my dyeing is done in an old pot on the stove top. Does anyone have any tips they can share?

I have not the courage to dye roving with Kool Aid on the stove top yet. I am worried that it will end up felted. But I'm getting a Kool Aid roving dye kit from knitwit in a swap so I am looking forward to trying it out.

I recently went to a talk on using plant dyes with shibori - which was really interesting. I'm looking forward to trying that out too.
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