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Topic: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID  (Read 166718 times)
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« Reply #320 on: January 09, 2006 01:32:22 PM »

everything helps! I will try it again for sure, so this is good to know. I'll try it with 1/2 cup water next time, i like the intense colours.
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« Reply #321 on: January 09, 2006 02:39:51 PM »

I'm attempting to stain some cotton thread with red wine right now (it's soaking while I'm at work). I figure that it stained one of my shirts so well, it might just work for thread, right?  Grin

Bloo- definitely let us know how it works for you with less water. I also had good luck with resting the yarn on a cooling rack (usually seen with cookies) so that the bottom of the skein wasn't just sopping up whatever ran through.

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« Reply #322 on: January 09, 2006 03:13:02 PM »

Nutella - that is a great idea. If I do that, though, presumably there won't be as much kool-aid in the bottom of the dish, and I know the way to figure out if the dye has "set" is when the liquid in the dish runs clear. So if there's no liquid in the bottom of the dish, how do I know when the dye is set?

Am I making this more complicated than it is?  Smiley
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« Reply #323 on: January 09, 2006 03:18:43 PM »

I haven't had much of a problem with the dye setting at all, and I barely follow the directions! And I've used wool ease!  Cheesy

When I was using the rack, that was before I was putting it in the microwave- I actually squeezed out the excess before I transfered it to the bowl to microwave (since the rack was metal, though I bet you could do it with one of those microwaves that has the built in rack!)

The wool really WANTS to be dyed. It'll work. And anything's better than accidental brown mush, right?

Now am I making this too complicated?
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« Reply #324 on: January 10, 2006 06:52:40 AM »

No, that makes sense.  I think I also need to learn to pick my colours better so that if they do overlap, it will make a nice colour, and not brown.

How did the thread turn out?
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« Reply #325 on: January 10, 2006 07:02:54 AM »

No, that makes sense.  I think I also need to learn to pick my colours better so that if they do overlap, it will make a nice colour, and not brown.

Yeah, I did a skein in blues and greens and when they came together it came  really really pretty blue-green.

I made brown on purpose with blue and orange.   It came out neat.
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« Reply #326 on: January 10, 2006 07:30:17 PM »

The thread is a really pretty purple color! I'm hoping to use it for some bead work.  Cheesy I was just fussing with it checking the color. It's not particularly even, but considering that I just poured in some leftover cab sauv, I can't complain!
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Nutella could u post a picture... I wana see!!!! Grin
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« Reply #328 on: January 12, 2006 04:15:05 PM »

I was just fussing with it checking the color. It's not particularly even, but considering that I just poured in some leftover cab sauv, I can't complain!

I think your quote above needs to go in the discussion thread, "you know you're a craftster when...."

because I usually pour leftover cab sauv in my mouth.

heehee  Cheesy
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« Reply #329 on: January 13, 2006 07:40:56 AM »

Here are some of my yarn dyeing attempts, I did these at home over winter break.





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