View Full Version : Jacquard Acid dye Q

08-22-2007, 04:20 PM
i just got my dye starter kit from knitpicks. :cheering:(Vermillion, Fire Red, Sky Blue, Sapphire Blue, Yellow Sun, and Jet Black) This is my first foray into 'real' dyeing ;)
i read the tutorial in KP (http://www.knitpicks.com/images/pdf/jacquarddye_tutorial.pdf), as well as the dye info on the Jacquard site (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/dyes/aciddye/instructions1.php). i'm still confused.:?? I have my skein soaking in water with white vinegar. when i am ready to dye, and mix the powder with hot water, do i add vinegar to the dye mix also? or do i just put the skein in the pot of hot water and add the dye solution, sans vinegar? TIA :muah:

08-22-2007, 08:54 PM
I would not think you need to add more vinegar, however I do the cold pour method or paint with the dies. I mix mine in hot water and vinegar. They are really great dyes!

08-23-2007, 08:34 AM
I wasn't sure either when I started using them... so I add it and then after watching Knitty's show I thought ohh i don't need to... but out of habit I still do :teehee:

08-23-2007, 01:38 PM
i added more to the hot water but not the dye mix. i figured it couldn't hurt :teehee:

i'll take and post pics later.... it's outside drying :yay:

08-23-2007, 02:09 PM
Hi Jeanius,

Just for future reference, I do add more vinegar to the dye if I am handpainting. The yarn won't be soaking in the hot water vinegar if it is painted. I typically use this formula for handpainting:

1 cup hot water
1/2-2 tsp dye powder (depending on the color)
2 Tbs vinegar

I usually have plenty for 3-4 colors on a 420 yd skein of sock yarn.

I don't really think you can hurt the yarn by adding too much vinegar, so I put it in the soaking water and then again in the dye.

Does that make sense?


08-23-2007, 02:22 PM
very helpful orchid! thank you :)