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« on: April 05, 2006 01:21:56 PM »

Forgive me if this is in the wrong place, there are a few places it could go. I searched about yarn dyeing, read a little and now I just have some questions to clear up what I learned:

1. It seems that wool is the most popular to dye but I also read about cotton. Could I buy some Peaches N Creme/Sugar N Creme and dye it? Would it turn out OK?

2. You guys say RIT dye fades fast. I've worked w/ it before and I didn't notice it. What other (common) dyes do you recommend? I don't want to have to order anything.

3. When I'm done dyeing it, I just rinse w/ hot water and hang to dry? I imagine putting it in the washer would be disastrous.

Thanks so much!

« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2006 01:37:11 PM »

1 - I think wool is so popular, at least here on craftster, because you can dye it with kool-aid or food color. No pesky chemicals to deal with and readily available for many of us. Cotton can by dyed but not with kool-aid or food color.

2 - I haven't tried cotton yarn but I have dyed a lot of cotton fabric and Rit is my least favorite dye. I could never get really bright sharp colors that stayed that way. I much prefer Procion MX. It is a fiber reactive dye that does not fade. I order mine through Dharma trading Co. in CA. DYLON brand is the same dye packaged into smaller containers with all of the other necessary chemicals (not terribly scary stuff but you do need something to set the dye) and works as well but cost more because of the packaging. Dylon is available most places Rit is. Oh, the other advantage to Procion MX and Dylon is they are cold water dyes.

3 - Yes - rinse and hang to dry. If you use kool-aid the fruity scent might hang around for a bit but goes away after airing or washing after knitting.
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2006 01:46:31 PM »

Thank you so much! I think I'm going to get stuff to try this and I'll look for wool yarn (I've never worked w/ wool before). I'll also look for Dylon dyes. Thanks again...this is a lot of stuff to remember (what will dye which fibers...)

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