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« on: April 09, 2009 07:52:21 AM »

 For almost 2 months I've been looking for the right kind of crochet "string". That wasn't SO expensive I couldn't afford enough to make one top from it. I've been buying small amounts (to see what it's like- or course then if it works I don't have enough to make anything) and spending a lot of money on this.
  I finally decided there must be just plain cotton string that would work. so, I bought several "cones" of this. Hard to tell in pictures what it's like and I didn't know anything about ply, etc. (I do now know 16 ply is much too heavy!)
  Yesterday I got a big cone (8000 feet)of white cotton 6 ply string. And it's perfect!
   I can use G or H hook with it, and it's soft but not too soft. To make shells and lace-look stuff.
   I have several patterns that call for DMC or DK crochet thread (like I got SENSO, which is something like $3.99 a ball, plus shipping, and I bought 2 balls, to see what it was like, and the patterns call for more)
   Not to be cheap, but I think "string" is less (and can get more at a time, like a cone) just because it's called "string" and not crochet thread/cotton or yarn (LOL)
   Also, since it's 100% cotton, I'm thinking it could be dyed. (in a way it's kind of a gimmick, maybe crocheted tops from STRING? simple, organic, earthy?)
    I found a website about dying cotton yarn, using PAAS Easter egg dye. Though you can only buy this in season. The samples were so pretty. Tye dye and various shades, making varigated. Wrap it around something, and dip it in, various colors, so it will be varigated when used.
    Im going out Sunday (EAster) so will look, maybe I can find it on sale.
    Now, I have to do something with all the boxes piled around! I have boxes with yarn/cotton, boxes with books, boxes with all my crochet hooks. Papers, trying to keep track of what works (or might) with what. Printed out patterns.
    Organization has never been one of my strong points... and now I have to actually DO something with all this.
    The string I got was $12.99 (plus UPS shipping) and came to  $20.05.
    I'd like to be able to find it for less, or maybe somewhere I could get it without shipping.
    I wonder if all cotton 6 ply string is the same?
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009 08:06:25 AM »

for dying you could try dylon, i've used it for various projects and it always does the job
it's readily available here but not so much in the US however there were some contact details
Prym Consumer USA Inc
PO Box 5028
South Carolina 29304
00 1 800 255 7796

Masters Intl 500g Tins only
4400 Grape St
Dever CO
80216 USA
Tel: 1 866 787 8788
Fax: 303 320 9871

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2009 08:22:03 AM »

 Thanks for the dye info

 We have RIT dye, or used to, I haven't looked for it in a very long time.

 It used to come in packets but then was in bottles.

 I'm thinking bottles might be good, could pour out a little at a time.

  And what would I need for colors? Red, blue, yellow?

  Seems like just about every color could be made from these.

  I really don't know what I'm doing, but with the internet I should be able to find out SOME, and have to start somewhere.

   There are ways to dye with natural  things too? Like blueberrys, cranberries, etc?

   I don't know if I'm that into it yet, but it must make for nice (organic) shades.

  And, organic, and "green" (natural things) seems to be in now. Maybe always was.

   I like the idea of "simple".

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009 08:24:08 AM »

i'm not well up on natural dyes but i know you can do it, Dylon is available is a wide range of colours so you can just pick out the colour you want, or mix n match

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