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« on: September 21, 2014 02:06:57 PM »


 I have always wanted to dye my own floss but have been very leery about the whole process. I just knew that I would end up with a tied dyed mess and my counters and house would be stained with a vomit pea green. I finally decided to put aside my fears and go for it. After a couple of tries, I got the hang of it and now I want to dye everything in sight. 

Are you ready for an adventure in floss dyeing? No need to be scared. If I can do it, you can too! 


Since this was my first try, I didn't want to put a lot of money into dye so I went with a very simple commercial dye.

White floss
Rit Dye
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plastic gloves (I used vinyl gloves like they use in the hospital)
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 For dyeing floss, I didn't want to make up the entire batch of dye. I only wanted to make enough to fill the squirt bottles. I also wanted to do this so I could make variegated floss. I added two cups of hot water to the squirt bottle, then added 1 tablespoon salt, and started adding dye, about 1/4 of the packet. The salt is for cotton fabrics and floss. It helps the dye adhere to the floss better.  If you want the dye to be a stronger color, you can keep adding to it. To check and see how vibrant the color was, I tested a little squirt on a paper towel.


 To prepare the area and the floss, I put down plastic wrap to cover my area, not too much, just enough to cover the area and lay the floss on top. I then took my floss and ran it under hot water. I squeezed out the excess water and laid it on my plastic wrap.


 Now the fun part! Squirt your dye onto the floss.  Be prepared, it will run! As you can see from the picture, the colors did bleed into eachother, which is fine since I wanted variegated floss.


 One way to stop the dye from bleeding onto the floss is to add a little at a time, pick up the plastic wrap and then mix into the floss. Continue to add your colors.


 After you have all the colors you want on your floss, wrap it up with the plastic wrap. The color will darker over time. You can let it sit for a day and have dark vibrant colors, or let it sit for a few minutes and have muted tones. It is up to you and experiment with color. Have fun with shades .


 After you have your desired color, rinse out your floss and let it air dry. You certainly can dry it in the dryer but I prefer to air dry.  Once it is dry, have fun and get to stitching with your one of a kind floss.

This is just one way to dye floss. You can use natural dyes or different foods to obtain a spectrum of colors. The only thing stopping you is your imagination!


Close up on what the final product looked like all stitched up
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2014 02:22:20 PM »

Looks great!   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2014 02:25:30 PM »

Thanks! I am going to play with natural dyes this week and see what happens. I wanted the colors to represent fall so I went with candy corn and fall leaves.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2014 02:35:56 PM »

This is so cool!
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2014 02:57:56 PM »

So pretty!! What great fall colors.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2014 04:24:52 PM »

Never thought of dying my own floss. Such an inspiring idea! Smiley

Do the colors bleed at all? What about blocking & cleaning when complete, do you need to do anything different?
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2014 04:55:56 PM »

Thanks everyone!

I was worried about the colors bleeding so I stitched up something quick to see if they would. I didn't run water over them, but when the thread was damp, it didn't bleed. I know several people have treated regular DMC floss with a vinegar bath so that might work with this. I'm not sure if the vinegar will zap the color. I think I will try it and let ya know.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2014 05:48:45 AM »

Lovely tutorial  I love variegated floss but it is difficult to get where I live. This way I can buy plain DMC and dye it for myself.  Many thanks.
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2014 06:31:28 AM »

Great way to expand on variegated options!
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2014 06:38:51 AM »

So great to have custom colors! You're going to have a blast with this.
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