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« on: April 10, 2010 07:10:58 PM »

This is a fun project to use up extra Easter egg dye kits that are on sale right now!

First start with natural colored roving and yarns (mostly wool, used 1 cotton), then soak the yarns in a vinegar water bath for 15-30 minutes. (3 tbsp white vinegar, then fill rest of your glass bowl with water to cover yarns).


Next dissolve colored tablets (seperated into specific colors, using 4-5 kits worth) in a little more vinegar, then fill up more with water.

"Paint" your colors onto your yarns that are on a long sheet of plastic wrap to your liking, not soaking too, too much... When satisfied, place another strip of plastic wrap on top, wrap up loosely, kinda like a "burrito", then put in microwave for 10-15 min on med heat. This will intensify and set your color, keep in microwave until no more liquid comes out, and was clear...


Let sit still wrapped up for a while until cool, then rinse out excess dye.


Let dry- colors will lighten and brighten more when dry!


I learned that wool is best, my pastel yarn was the cotton, and it didn't take the dye well at all, so stick to wool! Cover all surfaces with old towels, and also, that now your house will smell like wet sheep!


This was sooooo much fun, now I can't wait to try it again, I loved the "neon" bright colors I achieved, you could also use kool-aid too, but haven't tried that yet...
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010 07:37:44 PM »

Very cool ideas, I must admit I love the bright neon one too!

Can't wait to see what you dye next!
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010 12:38:00 AM »

Wow, awesome!! I love the bright one.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010 06:32:56 AM »

I love the bright one too, it's just screaming to be made into something for my daughter, so I'm knitting up a fun skirt with it now!
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010 07:15:39 AM »

Great job! I really like the blue and green colored one.

Also, the reason that your cotton fiber turned out pale is that cotton is a plant fiber and you need a different type of dye (Fiber Reactive Dye) to get really deep colors on cotton, bamboo, and other cellulose fibers.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2010 05:16:46 AM »

Yes, I think I knew that about cotton, but in all the excitement, I was determined to dye it!!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2010 06:29:56 AM »

Yes, I think I knew that about cotton, but in all the excitement, I was determined to dye it!!!

I know how that goes!! Plus it is fun to experiment. I really like how the cotton turned out too- it is a pretty pastel colorway. You should definately try kool-aid, I love how it makes the fiber smell fruity Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2010 11:16:13 AM »

Fruity would definitely be better than vinegary wet sheep smell!  Can't wait to try that too!
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