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« on: October 29, 2005 10:53:45 AM »

i know that koolaid dyes wool, but what will dye cotton/blends Huh
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2005 02:24:39 PM »

you will have to use RIT dye, but RIT really sucks b/c its doesn't really exhaust...as in, the water will still be really dye-y, which is not really great and means more rinsing, at least that is what I've found. 

Dying plant fibers with animal fiber dyes will not work, and kool aid won't either, but you probably knew that.  I've slightly stained cotton with coffee and tea before but it doesn't do much for dying the wool.

Your best bet is using Procion dyes. 
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3796-AA.shtml
You do need to buy soda ash to "fix" them. 
They also recommend using this to help wash out the dye:
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/2127-AA.shtml
Ive heard that this is really really helpful, so you might want to invest in that too.

To be honest I've never used dye on cotton besides RIT but I'd like to try these.  In a quick fix RIT is ok and the mordant is salt, which is easy, and you can buy RIT in a lot of places.

Yeah, plant fibers are def. more of a pain to dye!
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2005 08:39:20 PM »

Your best bet is using Procion dyes. 
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3796-AA.shtml
You do need to buy soda ash to "fix" them. 
They also recommend using this to help wash out the dye:
http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/2127-AA.shtml
Ive heard that this is really really helpful, so you might want to invest in that too.

I agree on these points--the Procion MX dyes work well on plant fibers, and synthrapol is great at removing excess dye (helpful also if you ever have a commercial yarn that is bleeding).  As to where to get the stuff, I've not ordered mine online; so, I'm no help there.  I'm lucky enough to live near stores that stock these supplies.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2005 08:04:57 AM »

I just ordered stuff from Dharma Trading (where those links are from) and heard really great things about them, but I will let you know after I get my order!  I didn't get those particular dyes but I ordered other dyes.  Their paper catalog is free to, which you can request online.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2005 09:32:45 AM »

I have Procion dyes from Dharma and they're great. A lot more dye for the price than some other brands. I just got the primaries and mixed up the other colors so it was super cheap and worked great on my undyed yarn. Dharma is a really cool company, fast delivery too.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2005 10:26:11 AM »

I have also used Procion. You might be able to find it at nice art supply stores. They also sell it at AC Moore if you have one of those locally. It's more likely to be sold than dyes for wool because it's marketed for tiedying. I've had really great results with this!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2005 07:44:17 AM »

we do not have ac moores where i live although i have gone to them before and heart it. anyway all there is is michaels which i am going to today and joanns-but i dont think they have dyes-dont kno, never checked-thanx alot to every one for helping Grin
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