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letah75
04-08-2007, 01:03 AM
Can you dye cotton yarn with kool-aid?

cando
04-08-2007, 01:14 AM
I'm interested in the answer to this too... I want to dye my cotton silk top into a different color.

From what I've read, kool-aid, food coloring and acid dyes all work best on protein fibers. On cellulose fibers such as cotton, you'd have to use a procion dye (used with salt and soda ash to "fix" the color).

Has anyone actually tried it yet?

Jan in CA
04-08-2007, 01:48 AM
Try these sites:
Knitter's Review-dying yarn (http://www.knittersreview.com/article_how_to.asp?article=/review/profile/010607_a.asp)
How can I dye with Kool-aid (http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/drinkmix.shtml)
Dying cotton with Kool-aid (http://www.kissyourshadow.com/koolaid_yarn.php)

letah75
04-08-2007, 02:01 AM
Thanks!

CarmenIbanez
04-08-2007, 03:12 AM
If you decide to give it a go, please post some pics and a story of your experience. I really enjoy dying with the kool-aid!

ctmax
04-08-2007, 02:38 PM
I did dye a cotton dishcloth at one time. It did take the dye and then every time I used it or washed it, it became lighter and lighter. It is now back to the original white.

Julie
04-08-2007, 03:09 PM
I know it seems like you should be able to, because kool-aid stains seem so hard to get out...but you really *do* have to use fiber-reactive dyes to dye cotton and other plant fibers. ;)

letah75
04-08-2007, 04:42 PM
I know it seems like you should be able to, because kool-aid stains seem so hard to get out...but you really *do* have to use fiber-reactive dyes to dye cotton and other plant fibers. ;)

I'm a little dye dumb....what are fiber-reactive dyes?

Jan in CA
04-08-2007, 04:53 PM
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I'm a little dye dumb....what are fiber-reactive dyes?

I'm sure if you check the links I posted you'll find something about it.

letah75
04-08-2007, 04:54 PM
:oops:

I will, I just haven't had a chance.

dlc
04-09-2007, 09:12 AM
Unless you can find Kool Aid very very cheaply, you're usually better off buying some real dye, it works better and is cheaper in the long run.

Yarnlady
04-09-2007, 10:04 AM
I've had great luck using the dyes designed for tie dye t-shirts. It washes very well and is very bright. :teehee:

Braden
04-09-2007, 11:18 AM
I'm a little dye dumb....what are fiber-reactive dyes?

They are dyes that are taken by the yarn, like natural fibers. I really don't think you can dye synthetics, but, why would you want to?

And I agree, I would look for a real dye, because Kool Aid quickly gets expensive.

BostonBecca
04-09-2007, 12:27 PM
I highly recommend Dharma Trading Co. to purchase dyes from. I purchased some acid dye from them and used it in a washing machine and it worked incredibly well. They also have excellent customer service.

http://www.dharmatrading.com/

I am not affiliated with company, just a happy customer.

cando
04-09-2007, 01:07 PM
I highly recommend Dharma Trading Co. to purchase dyes from. I purchased some acid dye from them and used it in a washing machine and it worked incredibly well. They also have excellent customer service.

http://www.dharmatrading.com/

I am not affiliated with company, just a happy customer.

Thank you! I've had their site book-marked for over a month now, but was waiting to buy until I had asked on KH. I wanted a couple of colors of their fiber reactive procion dye, and the fixer for the cotton top and some acid dye for wool.