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Topic: Any experience dyeing celluose fibers with Kool-aid?  (Read 1758 times)
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« on: May 04, 2012 02:17:19 PM »

I'm wondering how well a 100% cotton shirt will take kool-aid as a dye. How colorfast? I'd love to hear from anyone that's tried it!

« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012 12:56:22 PM »

I haven't done it myself, but it doesn't work too well from what I've seen and read. It fades to a gentle pastel on cotton. Kool-Aid is, however, excellent on both nylon and wool. I microwave-dyed some wool roving with cherry (BLAM, bright red!), and many years ago tie-dyed a nylon slip using the stove-top method. Sadly, the wrinkles from the tie-dye job remained pretty pronounced, so I only wore it a few times before declaring it a fail. I imagine hand-painting a slip with hot Kool-Aid would be the better method. Here's a page all about dying with Kool-Aid and other food colouring.

I have used Tintex to excellent effect on cotton jersey using various shibori tie-dye techniques. Unfortunately, it's powdered, so you have to stir VERY thoroughly before adding your fabric, and the dye doesn't exhaust like higher quality dyes will. Exhausting the dye means that the water will actually go clear when all the dye is sucked up by the fabric, but Tintex won't do that no matter how much vinegar I add. The plus side is the price! In multiple towns in Ontario, the most expensive I've seen it at is just over 2 dollars. I've seen it most commonly at drug stores, and certain dollar stores keep it in stock near the laundry stuff because Tintex also has a fabric-brightener (basically Oxy-Clean).

So, yeah, main recommendation is to check drug stores and dollar stores for cheapo powdered dyes that say they can be used for cotton Tongue

« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012 08:42:43 AM »

I have used kool-aid and it works okay. The fade does go to a light pastel. However, I have found that heating it helps to retain the color and multiple applications will deepen the hue. The link the previous poster listed is a good one and should help you with your project.

Good luck with your project!

Martiel B.

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