View Full Version : Dying cotton ~ so what CAN you use?

04-11-2006, 03:14 PM
I bought a huge ball of kitchen cotton for really cheap at the grocery store, and some Kool-Aid. I KNEW that I had read something somewhere about dying cotton with Kool-Aid, but didn't look it up until I got home. So I read you can't dye cotton with Kool-Aid, I thought "I'll prove them wrong" :rollseyes: :lol: . I got a lovely colour out of it, but it was not colourfast, now I have a dishcloth that is white that used to be variagated pink. Oh well, so I tried.

Now I'd like to know specifically what do you use to dye cotton? I think I read something about needing an acid base dye. Is this true? Are there things commonly found in your average store that can be used for cotton?

Jan in CA
04-11-2006, 03:15 PM
Hmm.. :thinking: I don't know, but I'm surprised koolaid wouldn't work. That stuff stains kids clothing just fine! :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

04-11-2006, 03:48 PM
:shock: No kidding..u can't get koolaid out of ANYTHING!!!

04-11-2006, 04:11 PM
I bet if you would of put it in the dryer after you dyed it would of set it in .BUT I don'tknow how you would do that.Just trying to help


04-11-2006, 04:20 PM
What about something like Rit Dye?

04-11-2006, 08:05 PM
Jacquard makes a dye for cotton called Procion MX dye (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/procionmx/index.php?S=3&T=51). i have some but haven't tried it yet. cause i thought it was for wool...which it prolly is but it didn't say so i haven't tried it on my wool yet.

04-11-2006, 09:14 PM
I'm thinking something about soaking it in vinegar to st the color????

I think there's an article about dying with koolaid on knitty.....

04-11-2006, 09:15 PM
HERE IT IS (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html)

04-11-2006, 09:47 PM
Yep, but not with cotton. No amount of vinegar or vast quantities of kool-aid will do the trick, believe me I've tried!!!

04-11-2006, 09:51 PM
For plant fibers you need to use fiber reactive dyes, IIRC...


04-12-2006, 02:06 AM
the yarn co-op on yahoo is having a co-op on those dyes now! ;)