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chemical_emily
« on: March 30, 2012 04:40:57 PM »

Finally got all my white t-shirt yarn dyed for an upcoming craft fair. Our dining room table looks like a mad scientist's laboratory! A combination of hand dyed and dip dyed in procion mx dyes.


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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2012 04:44:34 PM »

I have been wanting to do this for sooooo long.  You have seriously inspired me to get a move on with my garage. They are really pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012 04:55:45 PM »

How do you make t-shirt yarn? Small strips of jersey/cotton fabric/tshirt?
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2012 05:19:26 PM »

How pretty and fun. I never even thought of dying white t-shirt yarn to get the colors you want. Silly me.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2012 05:40:21 PM »

Your yarns are beautiful!  I didn't know that you could turn T-shirts into yarn.  Sounds like fun.  I'm allergic to wool, so I'm always looking for alternatives.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2012 07:18:17 PM »

So beautiful!!  The combination of colors is amazing.  It would be so fun to make a locker-hooked rug with that t-shirt yarn.

Is each skein the equivalent of one t-shirt?
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2012 01:58:47 AM »

I am a fiber junkie, and I just learned how to make t-shirt yarn about a month ago, and became COMPLETELY addicted to it. A few weeks later I got an opportunity for a small craft fair (my first one!) and I went to the thrift store, spent $20 on a bag full of white t-shirts, and spent HOURS cutting them up! I used LetBirdsFly's tutorial to learn: (http://letbirdzfly.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn.html) Now I just have to try to stop knitting with it so I actually have some to sell. Each skein is only about 35 yards, and I usually only take the 2x shirts and up. I use the leftover t-shirt upper half as lining in the bags I knit out of the yarn.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2012 07:35:53 AM »

i love all these colors. makes me want to hit up Salvation Army for some t-shirts. bad enough that sweaters were a dollar the last time i was there! came home with too many of those to tear apart. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2012 08:02:20 AM »

You've got some really great colors there! Good luck with the show!
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2012 09:15:34 AM »

This is awesome! The boyfriend and I tie-dye for festivals a lot, any shirts that don't sell or don't come out how we like get turned into yarn. I never thought of just making some yarn and dying it though! I love how soft this stuff is (:
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2012 10:14:51 AM »

They look luscious!
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2012 04:38:35 PM »

can you use strips narrower than an inch. This looks a little bulky and would need more strength to crochet with it. I had seen this before. Also do you think you could dye with Kool-Aid? These are just so pretty.
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2012 07:25:44 AM »

Also do you think you could dye with Kool-Aid? These are just so pretty.
Kool-Aid doesn't really like to stick to cotton too well, it looks really pretty when you first do it but then it comes out with the first wash. If you're not planning on making something washable with your yarn it might work for you. It might be just as cheap to get a tie dye kit, Kool Aid can be expensive. Then your yarn would be pretty forever! Grin
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2012 08:36:03 AM »

Also do you think you could dye with Kool-Aid? These are just so pretty.
Kool-Aid doesn't really like to stick to cotton too well, it looks really pretty when you first do it but then it comes out with the first wash. If you're not planning on making something washable with your yarn it might work for you. It might be just as cheap to get a tie dye kit, Kool Aid can be expensive. Then your yarn would be pretty forever! Grin

Thanks, I think wally world sells those. I just can't dye in my washer as it is cold only.
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2012 09:45:29 AM »

Snazzy colors!! I would just have to come over and steal them!! :-D
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2012 05:48:36 PM »

Also do you think you could dye with Kool-Aid? These are just so pretty.
Kool-Aid doesn't really like to stick to cotton too well, it looks really pretty when you first do it but then it comes out with the first wash. If you're not planning on making something washable with your yarn it might work for you. It might be just as cheap to get a tie dye kit, Kool Aid can be expensive. Then your yarn would be pretty forever! Grin

Yeah, Kool-Aid doesn't work well with cellulose fibers like cotton, but they do work as an acid dye with wool. I initially started dyeing these with Tulip dyes from Wally World, because it was the middle of the night and I just HAD to dye them! Just make sure if you buy a tie-dye kit it comes with soda ash. In a lot of craft stores, you can buy the soda ash for something like $2, and it should be right next to the dyes. I switched to Procion MX dyes I got online when I decided I was going to sell these, as I wanted them to exhaust well and wanted more color options. The best part about these yarns is how unbelievably forgiving it is. I tend to be of the 'let's pour this on here and see what happens' school of making stuff, so it's incredibly fun to work with.
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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2012 01:43:22 AM »

amazing! looks like hours and hours of working !
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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2012 07:24:05 AM »

That is crazy awesome!! I have a ton of dye for cotton that I never use... I am thinking now I have a use for it!
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« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2012 06:48:11 AM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2012 09:16:47 PM »

Did you dip-dye as shirts or as yarn?
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« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2013 05:25:05 PM »

What products did you use to dye these? They're great!
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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2013 05:26:28 PM »

What products did you use to dye these? They're great!

Whoops! I totally just found the answer to my question above. :-D
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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2013 11:47:20 AM »

The colors are delightful!! You're gonna get a lot of attention at the craft fair! Good luck.
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