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61  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by craft-matic on: April 03, 2005 08:54:26 AM
Here are my koolaid dyed yarns:


I used a snow-white Brown Sheep Company (it costs more, but I'm Nebraskan, I gotta support our own!).  I don't need to felt, and I wanted the colors to be true.  I can't recall exactly which colors I used at this point, it's been awhile. But I do remember that the grape had to be overdyed several times to acheive a mediocre purple.  Also, Koolaid makes a flavor like iced apple, or some such thing, that produced the most gorgeous pale pistachio color. I was very pleased with that.  The iced lemon flavor made a sweet butter yellow.  Those are on the right side of the bottome picture (the colors don't come through in the photo as well as they might, but that's okay). 

I bought a sweater at the goodwill, which was two wools and a silk yarn in brown, camel and cream, entertwined.  I unravelled it and dyed it in blue, to make a beautiful brown-and-teal yarn.  No pictures (it's packed at the moment) but it worked really well.   
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62  Ladder shelves....literally. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craft-matic on: April 03, 2005 08:25:28 AM
I made these some time ago, and have only recently acquired means to take digital photos. Even now, all I've got is a crappy phone cam, but it's better than nothing.  So I figured after all my postings I should finally post a picture of something I've made!  Forgive the poor quality of the photo, though.

These were tremendously easy to make. For each shelf, I had a board of MDF (plyboard would be better, but the project was largely inspired by the excess MDF I had lying around) cut to size.  Holes were drilled through the board from top to bottom on one end, and into the thickness of the board on either side, on the other end.  Corresponding holes are drilled through the steps of the ladder, and through the supports on the other side.  Figuring out where these go either requires a painful amount of trigonometry, or else trial and error.  I opted for the last one...  I used 1/4" bolts to go through the board and 1/4" wood screws with a hex top, 2" long, to go into the thickness of the boards. 

I think this would look cool with a wooden ladder, too.

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