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« on: July 10, 2005 10:15:52 AM »

I recently experimented with Rit dyes on my yarns.  (I'm still saving up for my all-natural dye kit, so that leads to experimentation with cheeper products Tongue  )

The colors I got were exquisit, however, I fear that the dyes will come off on my hands as I'm working (someone told me they tried to dye a piece of clothing with it, and the dye rubbed off onto their skin.)  Has anyone else used these dyes for yarns before?  Any advice/experiences would be appreciated!
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2005 04:37:36 PM »

I have heard that Rit recently bought up some other dye formulas to improve their crapaciousness. One can hope.

The traditional Rit dyes are mixed dyes(or all-purpose dyes)-usually acid and direct. They are okay for mixed content fabrics, but for wool an acid dye is far better (as are reactive dyes on cotton). One of the reasons they run is that not all the dye will react with the fiber that is of a single material.
The other reason is that direct dyes are bad for bleeding in general. They will bleed forever and ever. A fixative such as retayne will solve some of this, but it's inevitable.

Dylon hot water dyes are also mixed dyes, yet the formula they use is obviously superior to Rit, as I have had fewer problems with them. You may want to try them.

But really, if you're dyeing wool or another protien fiiber, I'd recommend acid dyes or even food colouring made into an acid dye with vinegar. Rit, IMO, is just an exercise in frustration.
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