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« on: September 20, 2008 07:30:57 PM »

So, had the girls over for a fondue and dyeing party. Was quite fun. none of us had ever tried natural dyes so we were all up for some good times..Got some natural dyes at Maryland Sheep& Wool. Actually from Earth Guild..super great site too cause you can order it and there are instructions and lists on what mordants go with what dye stuffs..So, that being said, we dove in and I will say that it soaks the dye fast. I used regular and superwash. I will also tell you that you should not put skeins in that are all rolled into the pretty skein form, make sure they are tied to keep the yarn tidy, but not rolled (what was I thinking). It seems that the dye doesn't penitrate very far into the wool. So, keep that in mind, unless you are going for space dyed - tie dyed look...The natural dye we chose out of the stash box was logwood. Used with tin as a mordant, it gave us a super cool purple. I unwound the yarn after discovering my botch of dye only taking to the surface and i am putting it back in the pot to just soak overnight. maybe it will tint it a bit more in the white areas. The second set we dyed with of all things, Crystal Light Drink mix in Rasberry. everytime i make it for my boyfriend I think how it sure would make nice dye..wow- it took immediately..I did a sorta gradiation look and two sold ones...


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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2008 07:37:34 PM »

Fondue and playing in dye? Why was I not invited?  Sad

Seriously though, it never occurred to me to use Crystal Light! It seems perfectly logical now; if Kool-Aid works, why not Crystal Light? One more thing to add to my ever-growing never-ended Crafty Shopping List.

That's some seriously pretty purple there, too!
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2008 07:40:55 PM »

Thanks for the compliment. I was suprised that purple came from some stinky (wow it stinks) powder that looks like espresso. who'd a thunk it! And the thing about Crystal light is it has citric acid in it too. But I still used vinegar...to presoak
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008 05:07:25 PM »

Here is an update on the Logwood yarn..I ended up soaking the yarn overnight and it did fix the white spots and looks a lot better.

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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2008 08:15:16 AM »

I agree, I need to get invited to parties like this.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2009 07:35:06 AM »

Wow that purple yarn looks great for a mistake  Shocked.  I like the raspberry too.

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