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Question: What would you like the theme to be for the June dye along?  (Voting closed: June 03, 2007 09:07:09 AM)
Kool Aid single packs - 0 (0%)
make your own blend - 0 (0%)
wiltons food coloring - 3 (30%)
easter egg dye - 1 (10%)
jacquard acid dyes - 0 (0%)
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vanillaxlight
« on: May 30, 2007 09:07:10 AM »

The theme for June is Wiltons Food Coloring. Color anything imaginable - yarn, your socks, a blanket from the thrift store, that dingy piece of fabric you have stored in the back of the closet where the moths are eating it - using any color and technique with Wilton coloring.




Suggest new themes here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=167059.0

Past dye alongs are here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173354.0
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2007 01:16:55 PM »

Well, for those of you who haven't used Wilton's, let this be a lesson in what not to do. 



I started with Bare Superwash from Knit Picks, shooting for lime green or chartreuse, a color I've had a hard time finding in washable wool/blend for the Babette blanket.  The dyes: Wilton's Leaf Green and Sunny Yellow.  I noticed right away that the Sunny Yellow gel looked orange. I should have paused there: adding orange to green would make it brown.  But I figured, the manufacturer must know what they're doing, it will come out yellow.  haha.  Yeah, I should have thought harder. 

My next mistake was to make a really intense dye solution.  I had no idea how much pigment is in a dollop of Wilton's.  Should have noticed an opaque solution is probably too much.  Then I proceeded to pour it over yarn that had been pre-soaked in hot water and vinegar and placed in a microwave dish.  Because of the concentration and how well the yarn had been prepped, the yarn just soaked up the dye without letting it spread.  And it was a nasty, dark brownish green--aargh!

I washed the yarn in hot soapy water and got a lot of dye out... but large dirty brown patches remained. Then I re-dyed it on the stovetop with just the green.  There are still ugly browinish spots, rrrgh. 

Lessons for me: do a small test run first! Start with a smaller amount of pigment and work your way up!  If a color looks wrong, don't use it! 

Had better luck with an over-dye of Coast Grey Swish Superwash to turn it into a super dark purple, using a combination of Wilton's Violet, Grape Kool-Aid, and a bit of Cherry Kool-Aid.  Since it's not strictly Wilton's, here's the link to my blog post on this and the above dye jobs. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2007 02:49:22 PM »

Here's some yarn I spun from some roving I dyed up with Wiltons Icing dye, using the hot pour method


This one was dyed after it was spun using the drip dye method


Wiltons is funny because the color you get from the dye bath is often not the color the tub claims it is.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007 02:51:30 PM »

Gorgeous yarn! I love the purple one!
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2007 09:29:59 AM »

beautiful !! Smiley

i never knew you could dye with this stuff! i just might have to hit up ac moore soon and investigate  Cheesy
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very vibrant!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2007 03:22:11 PM »

Yay!!! Wiltons theme!

Your yarns look awesome!!!!

I  have been dying with wilsons, but I have trouble handpainting with it. How much vinegar do I need per x amount of dye? My yarn always smells WAY too much like vinegar and I go through the stuff way too quickly!

I want to try handpainting some roving with wiltons, but I really don't know how to do it.... Any suggestions or tips?
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rina
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2007 09:06:49 PM »

Star, I love your yarn!

In another dyeing experiment, I had problems with violet Wilton's splitting into red and blue.  The red absorbed, but the blue didn't.  It probably has something to do with the acidity level -- does anyone know what to do about it?
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2007 06:58:32 AM »

When I use colors that separate like that I prep the dye bath and then when its almost at the right temp I whisk it until the colors are thoroughly mixed, this is also good for fully dissolving the gel (which has a tendency to stay in clumps) then I dip my roving/yarn the the dye bath and give it a gentle stir to ensure the color is evenly spread.
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2007 06:32:00 PM »

There aren't too many tutorials for dyeing with wiltons on craftster. I don't even know how to do the hot pour or cold pour method... Does anyone know of good sites with tutes??? I guess I'll just experiment!
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2007 06:36:06 PM »

http://pieknits.blogspot.com/2006/02/dyeing-with-wiltons-icing-dye.html
http://www.knitty.com/issuespring07/FEATdyeyourown.html
http://wolfandturtle.net/Dye/index.php/dye/comments/ibis/ gives a good idea of dye to yarn to vinegar ratio


aaaand craftopedia is the best resource ever: https://www.craftster.org/craftopedia/doku.php?id=other_fiber_arts:dying_fiber_with_wilton_icing_colors
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