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Topic: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID  (Read 241216 times)
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« on: March 28, 2004 09:27:20 AM »

I have recently been experimenting with yarn dyeing. It's so fun to give your pieces a personalized look.

Here's how to do it:

I used online sources, and kind of mixed and matched info I found.

1. Take the yarn (animal fiber only) out of a skein, and into a large loop. I wrapped it around the back of a chair. I tied it with 6 bits of yarn in 6 places, evenly spaced around the circle.

2. Soak in warm water w/ 2 oz white vinegar for 30 min. I used water as hot as my tap would go, pretty hot, actually.

3. Take out of water, let water drip out, squeeze gently, wrap in old towel, and roll it up and squeeze even more water out.

4. Arrange in pyrex casserole dish, so the yarn is not overlapping itself. Make sure this pan will and can go into the microwave.

5. Mix kool-aid. 1 packet of koolaid with 6 oz warm H2O with 2 oz white vinegar. Swirl up so there is no powder. I did one color at a time, but you could do them all in separate bowls. I didn't want to do any more dishes than I had to.

6. Take baster (the thing for squirting turkey juice all over a turkey) and suck up some koolaid, and squirt on sections of yarn. If you tied the hank together evenly, you can use the ties as guides for spacing color evenly. Repeat for all colors. I used blue razzberry for the blues, and lemonade mixed with lemon lime for the greens. The juices will settle in the bottom of the pan. This is ok. I used 1 pack of koolaid mix (mixed as indicated above) for each oz of yarn. So 4 batches all together for a 4oz skein of lambs pride.

Note: Next time I'm going to try dipping half the hank into one color, and half into another, a la easter eggs. Smiley

7. Then you take the pan, and cover with saran wrap with holes, and microwave on high, checking every 2 min to see if the water in the bottom is clear yet. It was like magic, after 8 min, mine turned clear. I couldn't believe it.

8. Take the skein out carefully, it will be very hot and steamy. VERY HOT! I put the thing in the sink and ran hot tap water down the side of the sink. I guess you don't want the water, especially if it's considerably cooler than the temp of the yarn to run directly on the yarn, but through it. I think it would felt otherwise. Then I gradually made the water cooler and cooler, until I could pick it up. I squeezed the H20 out, rolled in the towel, and hung to dry.

It's so much fun, I would highly recommend.
Hope you all enjoy.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2004 12:50:41 PM »

So cool! I think I might have to try this!
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2004 09:42:37 PM »

i love the effect on the colours, but in Australia we don't have KoolAid - what the hell is it?! is it like jelly crystals? (as in the crystals you stir into boiling water then leave in the fridge til its set into a bowl of jelly?)

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2004 11:37:36 AM »

Kool-Aid is a powdered drink mix.
It comes in a whole slew of fruit-like flavors and fun colors.
(It comes both sweetened, like iced tea mix or unsweetened, so its just colored/flavored powder.)

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2004 07:46:53 PM »

I love the intensity of the colours! I'm visiting the US in a weeks time, and KoolAide is definitely on my shopping list. I love that it's non-toxic so I wont have to worry too much about cleaning my utensils and stuff too thoroughly- I'm not the best cleaner-upper!
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2004 07:23:47 PM »


Will the color ever bleed or rub off on anything? I have no experience with dying fibers but this seems like a fabulous project.


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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2004 01:25:10 PM »

just rinse well until the water runs clear. I made a hat out of the blue/green yarn, and there was never any blue on my forehead.

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2004 02:42:23 PM »

wow, that yarn is beautiful. great job!
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2004 02:51:14 PM »

That is so pretty.  We used to dye our hair with kool aid in middle school.  It was permenant too!
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2004 07:18:19 PM »

I have read about kool-aid dying and been too chicken to try.........but your tutorial made it seem a little less menacing.  It is on my to do list!   Does it matter what kindof yarn you dye?

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