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styloplume
« on: September 25, 2005 03:36:47 PM »

After lurking awhile, I've finally got myself an account and come out of the woodwork.

So, has anyone had any luck dying acrylic?  I have a cone of white acrylic lace-weight-ish yarn that my mother in law gave me.  I'm not particularly white-wearing person, and I like to knit in colors anyway.  I just remembered that I have this in my stash and I thought that it would make a nice airy scarf (or several) for christmas presents.

Would RIT work?  OR am I just SOL because it's a synthetic fiber?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2005 04:44:47 PM »

I haven't tried dying pure (ha) acrylic, but I have dyed cotton/acrylic blends.  One attempt at dying was a yarn that had a cotton strand twisted with an acrylic strand (sort of a boucle-ish).  In that dying attempt only the cotton took any color.  However, another attempt was a blend where there weren't separate strands (I don't know how the cotton/acrylic blend works exactly) and that time the yarn took the dye evenly throughout the whole strand. 

My impulse is always to go ahead and try it.  If it doesn't take the dye, then you know, but if it does, then you have some pretty dyed yarn.   
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2005 07:32:19 PM »

acrylic is basically fine plastic fibers plyed together to create a yarn.

dying plastic... how does that sound?  Well, to me it sounds like it won't work - which it probably won't.
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2005 07:36:51 PM »

If you check out Dharma Trading Co.  I think they have dye for acrylic fibers.  I'm pretty sure RIT won't work, though.  Another choice would be to knit the white and a thin colored thread together.  You would at least get a little color then.  I think it could look really cool.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2005 07:36:02 AM »

i am pretty sure if won't work, and they make special dyes for synthetic fibers only. after spending the money on the special dye that you would have to order, it may not be cheap anymore. rit is a combo of two dyes in one, one for plant fibers, like cotton, the other for animal fibers like wool, so that is the only thing it will dye...sorry! you could knit with the acrylic and a strand of something else to mix it up a bit!
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2005 09:48:04 AM »

Thanks for the responses everyone.  I've got quite a bit of this stuff, so I may just head on down to the local Art supply store to see what kind of synthetic dyes they've got.

I really like the stranding with another thread idea.  I've got another cone (from my MIL -- she rocks!) of a fine silver thread.  Woohoo space age scarves und stuff!

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2005 09:56:16 AM »

Oh, and Subloke, I once found an old golf sweater at a thrift store (mr. rogers style cardigan) that claimed to be "pure virgin acrylic"   Huh
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2005 11:46:42 AM »

Oh, and Subloke, I once found an old golf sweater at a thrift store (mr. rogers style cardigan) that claimed to be "pure virgin acrylic"   Huh

I really really need to learn to not put food in my mouth while reading things on the internet!  Now I need to clean up... 

That is really funny!!

I *HOPE* they used humane acrylic harvesting practices Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2005 02:07:21 PM »

And I'm sure that the acrylobeasts were checked for ..erm... purity, before their fleece was harvested.... Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2005 02:12:40 PM »

The best you can do with acrylic is to coat it with a new color. It won't absorb dye like a natural fiber will.
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