View Full Version : Dyes Running...

03-25-2008, 10:44 PM
I dyed my yarn with jacquard dyes, following knitpicks directions. This problem didn't occur with my last batch, but each time I rinse my yarns after their dry, the dye keeps running out of them.
Any solutions to this problem?

03-25-2008, 10:53 PM
what color did you dye? Have you tried re-setting the dyes with heat (a microwave or crockpot)? Red colors tend to have bigger particles which can lead to more run-off then other colors. HTH

03-25-2008, 10:56 PM
turquoise, teal, blue, green, and brown
I need to get a bowl to do the microwave thing.
Have you ever tried a hairdryer, or an actual dryer?

03-25-2008, 11:07 PM
nope. is your yarn wool? or a blend? silk and alpaca won't hold dye as well as wool...I think you can also use an oven.


very low heat 275 F, 20-30 minutes... (scroll to page 45)
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03-26-2008, 12:50 AM
i would also say to make sure you are using enough acid (vinegar)

that happened to me once.. i was wondering why my color wouldn't take all of the way .. i forgot to add the vinegar to my dye pot! :)

03-26-2008, 09:15 AM
I added the vinegar. I'm using wool and cotton. Mostly cotton (1 thing of wool)

03-26-2008, 06:22 PM
thats the reason..cotton doesn't dye with those kind of dyes

it will take to the wool but not the cotton

you can read more about it here


03-26-2008, 09:41 PM
well darn....the cotton didn't work with the koolaid either...although it did last time...

03-27-2008, 10:39 AM
You might have better results with a different mordant to get the color to 'bite' into the fiber better.

I've done very little dyeing (KA or acid dyes) but have don't a bit with natural dyes. Changing the mordant will affect the out come.

You also might want to think about adding some salt to your dye pot or rinse water