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Topic: Koolaid dye won't set in wool yarn??  (Read 1202 times)
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« on: August 24, 2008 08:14:38 AM »

I tried dying some wool yarn for the first time last night. I had 5 packets of koolaid, and 3 colors. I thought that would give me the perfect shade of color. (it did). I started out by using a spoon, and dripping the dye onto the yarn. It worked really well. Then I tried setting the yarn by microwaving. I cooked it for two minutes, let it sit for awhile then cooked it again. That didn't work at all. so I decided to cook it in a pot, (I got all these ideas off of a website.) I put the yarn and all the dye that came out from the microwaving into a pot, and set it to boiling. I cooked it for 20 minutes and still nothing.

So then I left it out over night. The dye won't set, and the slightest drop of water turns the yarn white again.

what am I doing wrong? I even just tried blowdrying it in, and that didn't work. Sad
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008 01:21:45 PM »

It should have worked.  Heat setting (like microwave or simmer) work. 

Are you sure that is wool?  Did you soak the yarn in water for like 30 minutes before dyeing?

What color are you dyeing?  Some colors may take longer to dye.  You need to keep heating it up until the water is clear.  Also I like to add a bit of vinegar in the water even you don't need to for koolaid.


« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2008 01:25:20 PM »

There isn't any water anymore, it's now all in the yarn, or burned away in the pot. I'm positive it's wool, it's even felted a little bit.

I used light blue, red and purple to make a really nice shade of purple.

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2008 02:51:29 PM »

When you are setting in the pot, I use lots of water and big pot, enough to cover the yarn and plenty of room.  I never let my yarn dry out during dyeing.

How much yarn are you dyeing for 5 packs of koolite?  Are you dyeing all at the same time?  I usually dye 1 skeins at a time.  I simmer them for about 30 minutes and then I put the next skein in.  Not the most efficient method, but it does what I need.

« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2008 03:06:37 PM »

I did exactly as you described, using one skein of yarn. The yarn is still damp to the touch, and when I touch it my fingers turn the dye color.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2008 04:11:11 PM »

Have you tried adding vinegar? I know there is citric adic in koolaid and you shouldn't need it, but maybe it isn't acidic enough
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2008 04:16:12 PM »

I tried that too. I'm kind of afraid to add more water, because it turns the yarn white. I could start over by adding more water, right? the die would still be there. So it could work?
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2008 12:38:36 AM »

My guess is that either the yarn really isn't wool or the koolaid you're using contains a non soluble food coloring. Look at the label and tell me what the ingredients are. If it says _____"lake" then it's a non water soluble food coloring.
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