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« on: April 11, 2006 10:07:51 AM »

I won't bore you with the full pain of it (you can find that here if you would like to laugh at my pain... go ahead... I do), but I had quite the dyeing mishap.  Things turned out WAY too bright.
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So, someone suggested tea dyeing which would certainly be on the right track to getting these colors back where I want them but I'm afraid that the finished product will not be dark enough.  Anyone ever do coffee dyeing?  Anyone have any other suggestions?  Believe me.  This this is NEON like you wouldn't believe.  And not neon like you normally find in sock yarn or exciting wools... this is neon like "Garage Sale" signs.
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2006 10:18:11 AM »

The last time I dyed yarn I ended up with far brighter versions of the colors than what I wanted, so I overdyed the entire skeins in a darker color (with dylon dye, not coffee or tea or anything), which really muted the crazy colors and sort of blended and unified everything without obliterating the different colors. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006 10:18:55 AM »

tea dying ought to get them toned down (or coffee) and if the first dip doesn't do it, dip again until you get back down to where you want it.

your results were rather bright... but I think worked up they will be nice.

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2006 10:55:04 AM »

I think it looks nice, but maybe it's not as bright on my monitor. 

Here is a Craftster discussion on how to make brown dye using Kool-Aid.  She combined 5 packs of lemon-lime and one package of cherry.  You could dilute it to get a shade to your liking.  Kool-Aid might be more permanent than tea or coffee.   

And if all else fails, you could sell it in ebay!   Wink
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Mistake?  No... it's an Unexpected Design Element.  I put it there on purpose.  *ahem*
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2006 02:22:51 PM »

Seriously... I've considered ebay.  ;-)

And BELIEVE me... those pics don't seem to capture the neon-ness.  I did a swatch and got some awful pooling which made the red and green contrast even worse (on the opposite side of the color wheel and all...).

So, how does one accomplish a coffee/tea dye?  Just use the bathtub with hot water?
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2006 03:55:15 PM »

So, how does one accomplish a coffee/tea dye?  Just use the bathtub with hot water?

big soup pot on the stove...

Mieka
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2006 01:12:42 PM »

Woot!  I love it when the answer is easy!
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