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Topic: Kool Aid Dying of not-superwash wool  (Read 1929 times)
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« on: September 27, 2007 02:51:06 PM »

I wanted to ask if kool aid dying works for non-superwash wool too, because you have to heat it, right? I've tried kool aid dying with superwash wool, but now I wanted to dye some handspun yarn which is not superwash.
Did you ever dye non-superwash wool with kool aid? Did you heat it or is there another method I don't know?
Sorry about this stupid questions, I just don't want my handspun wool to felt into one big ball...

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007 02:57:07 PM »

I don't know if this helps, but I used sugar-free kool aid in pinks and reds to dye natural-shade Cascade Magnum yarn a couple of years ago. It took the colors well.
As for the felting, I kept mine at minimum by running the yarn through, stretched out, at a steady pace, never leaving it in the 'dye' for more than ten seconds per section. It took about three go-throughs to get the shade I wanted.
(if you're interested in the vibrancy of colours, here's a pic of what turned out: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b372/scarletmorbidia/backviewdreads.jpg

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007 07:35:33 PM »

You can dye non-superwash wool, you just have to be careful not to agitate it during the dyeing process so that it doesn't felt. 

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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2007 09:35:53 AM »

And don't drastically change the temperature of the wool. That is to say don't rinse it in cold water when it is hot, rinse it in hot water and gradually cool it down.

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2007 12:08:50 PM »

I tried dying my wool today and it looks good so far. I'm always careful with temperature changes but this time I heated it even more slowly and let it cool down completly before rinsing. The wool doesn't look felted. When it is dry I will wind it, then I'll see if its really not felted.
Thank you for your help!

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