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Topic: Did you know Kool-Aid will dye nylon? Whooda thunk  (Read 9959 times)
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« on: October 17, 2007 07:54:58 PM »



I dyed some "faux cashmere" nylon fibers with kool-aid, thinking the heat would just melt it into oblivion. But instead it came out in these outrageously bright colors. The green packets turned a crazy chartreuse, and the tamarindo turned orange with green remnants in the water.

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2007 08:00:05 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2007 08:03:46 PM »

HA! I thought I was the only one with tamarindo koolaid!
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007 08:12:36 PM »

Tamarindo Kool-Aid??  Granted, it's been forever since I bought Kool-Aid and the fibers you got are gorgeous, but Tamarindo flavor sounds yummy.

Of course, I'm also wondering if I really want to drink something that colors nylon into such pretties!
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2007 08:33:44 PM »

wow, that really came out nice!
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2007 08:46:45 PM »

ooh! I can't wait to see what pretty things you make with this!!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2007 10:19:30 PM »

Those are cute color combinations, what do you plan on using the remnants for?
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2007 11:55:10 PM »

Dying nylon rocks, I've done it twice before Cheesy Acid dyes (food dyes are acid dyes) will attach extremely well to nylon and silk, as well as wool... prolly better on nylon than on wool.
I've done some beaver nylon dyeing.
Your fibers look awesome! I have to get some stuff to dye and crack open my kool-aid packs soon (never tried 'em yet!)
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2007 08:30:50 AM »

I love the colours on your "faux cashmere" nylon fibers Smiley  I'll have to do some experiments with my Kool-Aid this weekend!
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2007 08:39:40 AM »

That sounds awesome!  I have been scouring the internet for info on dying with Kool-Aid but haven't tried it yet.  My only question is how color fast is the dye is on nylon?
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2007 10:15:46 AM »

Great colors ! I love the chartreuse ! I'll crave for trying but I'm sure I won't find any nylon fiber nor yarn...  Undecided
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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2007 11:49:59 AM »

Lovely!!  Such vibrant colors!!  Where did you get your nylon fiber from?
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2007 01:54:19 PM »

Ooo so pretty! What are you going to do with it?
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2007 08:32:13 PM »

Thanks everyone! I spun it into a self-stripe single, then changed my mind and plied it  back on itself. Here's the finished product:


I can't decide if I will knit with it or sell it on my website. We'll see if I can bear to part with it.

Surprisingly, the colors don't bleed at all. They took a lot of rinsing initially but I am confident in saying the coloration is now permament. It wasn't like cotton, where it just keeps bleeding and bleeding back to white.
I bet I could have gotten it even brighter with more microwaving, but I was scared to ruin the fibers.
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2007 08:42:58 PM »

*falls down* YIKESLICIOUS!!! that is some tasty yarn!
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« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2007 08:44:20 PM »

Oh man, I wish my hair could look like that!  I don't know what I'd do with it either, but its soooooooooo pretty!
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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2007 10:25:03 PM »

You should definitely sell this so that someone (hint hint wink wink) can snatch this stuff right out of your hands!
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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2007 11:08:56 PM »

Once again : lovely !  Wink
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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2007 08:06:41 AM »

thank you thank you!

oh, and i forgot to say that i got the fiber from spunkyhats.com
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« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2007 11:18:28 AM »

Hmm! You know, they have this nylon/fake cashmere thing under vegetable fibers. But nylon is not a vegetable! It's made of coal, water, and air. I GUESS if you think that coal = super-compressed fossils of things including vegetables, you can put it under vegetable fibers, but... I don't think so! So I wonder if that's really nylon. I'm gonna get some Kool-Aid on my next trip to the grocery store and try to dye a (real!) nylon sock that I've been wearing despite gaping holes to see what happens.
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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2007 11:52:25 PM »

Gorgeous yarn!
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« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2007 12:58:56 AM »

that is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!  by the way what is tamarindo or whatever it was?
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« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2007 02:43:23 PM »

Tamarind is a popular flavor in Mexican candies, you probably won't find Tamarindo Kool-Aid anywhere but a US southern border state, but it makes a really nice rich brown/beige color.
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« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2007 03:37:15 PM »

Tamarind is a popular flavor in Mexican candies, you probably won't find Tamarindo Kool-Aid anywhere but a US southern border state, but it makes a really nice rich brown/beige color.


Thos what natashafatale said is true, if there is a mexican grocery store in your town, you may be able to find it there as well.  I know that I can find it where I live in Oregon.
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« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2007 10:35:13 PM »

wowza! Grin

looking great! kool aid will dye tons of stuff. on all of the tutorials it says that it will only dye natural fibers, but I have successfully dyed acrylic yarns with it! YAY KOOL AID!!!! It's scary that people drink it though.
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« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2007 12:04:06 AM »

yeah its scary the beautiful colors it makes and its yummy.....hmmm what am i drinking! lol   i love this stuff youve made!
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« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2007 03:33:05 PM »

as of yesterday I am the proud new owner of this tasty yarn! now i just need suggestions on what to make! I just can't decide Smiley

it really is so soft and lovely. i crocheted a swatch today and it is super soft. it even smells a little bit like cotton candy. yummmy!!!
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« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2008 10:09:55 AM »

you can make a "lickable" scarf Wink
(i speak spanish but i think that word is understandable)

here in chile we have "yupi" juice, the colors are really bright too
they used to dye their hair with the red yupi
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wowza! Grin

looking great! kool aid will dye tons of stuff. on all of the tutorials it says that it will only dye natural fibers, but I have successfully dyed acrylic yarns with it! YAY KOOL AID!!!! It's scary that people drink it though.

I know all the tutes say it must have natural fiber especially animal fiber.  I have a theory that you can use it to dye other fibers but you may have to change the technique to get the desired results.
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« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2008 03:14:22 PM »

I am just reading this thread -- nice yarn! The colors are so bright.

As for tamarind Kool-Aid, I found some in a dollar store, and I'm in Pennsylvania. If you don't live in the South, don't despair! Just keep your eyes peeled. Smiley
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