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photolady
12-30-2007, 11:16 PM
I'd like to know the mixture that produces CORAL colored yarn, using koolaid.
I have pink lemonade koolaid, and orange and red koolaid.
I tries mixing pink lemonade, 2 paks, with 1 orange, and got orange yarn.
Any body have experience with kool aid dying?

fibrenut
12-31-2007, 02:25 AM
Hiya photo,
I would do mostly orange with maybe a half packet of red the pink lemonade isn't strong enough a color to overcome the orangishness.
It would be ideal if you could find a koolaid color that is hot pink and then add just a wee wee bit of yellow or orange.
If all else fails go n get yourself some wilton food color gels and use them instead. They are the same thing as the koolaid colors anyway without the flavor. And they do have a peachy red almost coral looking color.

Shandeh
12-31-2007, 09:15 AM
You can see some colors of yarn dyed with Kool-Aid here:

http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koolaid/images/colorchart-max.jpg

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html

You can also dye with Easter Egg Dye or Food Coloring, so you have lots of options for colors:
http://www.woolfestival.com/articles/eggdye.htm
http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/fooddyes.shtml

photolady
12-31-2007, 10:46 AM
Hiya photo,
I would do mostly orange with maybe a half packet of red the pink lemonade isn't strong enough a color to overcome the orangishness.
It would be ideal if you could find a koolaid color that is hot pink and then add just a wee wee bit of yellow or orange.
If all else fails go n get yourself some wilton food color gels and use them instead. They are the same thing as the koolaid colors anyway without the flavor. And they do have a peachy red almost coral looking color.


Thanks, I'll try that mixture, and JoAnn sells Wilton food colors, so,I'll see what I can find in the store, tomorrow.

photolady
12-31-2007, 10:46 AM
Thanks, that one on the left, the solar strawberry one, looks coral-y.

photolady
12-31-2007, 10:48 AM
http://www.woolfestival.com/articles/eggdye.htm
http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/fooddyes.shtml

This site says Food Colorings are a subset of the class of dyes known as Acid Dyes. They can be used to dye protein fibers only: that is, wool, silk, and also sometimes nylon. Heat is required; room-temperature dyeing will usually produce much less washfast results.

Is acrylic yarn, nylon?

fibrenut
12-31-2007, 12:22 PM
OOOO, yer dying acrylic yarn, now THAT's a whole different animal, so to speak. I think for acrylic you would have to use something like RIT dyes. I don't think that food safe dyes will work on acrylic as it's not absorbant at all.
Wow, hun, ya got me there?!?!?! :shrug: :think: :??

Carla1019
12-31-2007, 02:17 PM
I am wanting to dye yarn also. Ihave not bought any yet but am looking at some yarn (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8604506) I have found on ETsy. NO ONe buy it.. it is MY... :teehee: *100% Organic worsted weight cotton yarn in natural off white. No dyes, all organically grown.*

Do you think I could dye this? and if so with what?

Shandeh
12-31-2007, 05:59 PM
This site says Food Colorings are a subset of the class of dyes known as Acid Dyes. They can be used to dye protein fibers only: that is, wool, silk, and also sometimes nylon. Heat is required; room-temperature dyeing will usually produce much less washfast results.
Is acrylic yarn, nylon?

Ah! I thought you were dyeing wool! Yes, Kool-Aid will only work for protein fibers. Acrylic is man-made, not protein. You can try it, but it will probably wash out, and all your work would be for nothing. I've never tried dyeing acrylic before, so I don't know how to help you with that.

Foxyie
12-31-2007, 06:32 PM
this is a link to one of the same sites which explains that dyeing acrylic can be done but is much more involved and complicated and toxic!

http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/acrylic.shtml


I am wanting to dye yarn also. I have not bought any yet but am looking at some yarn (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8604506) I have found on ETsy. NO ONe buy it.. it is MY... :teehee: *100% Organic worsted weight cotton yarn in natural off white. No dyes, all organically grown.*

Do you think I could dye this? and if so with what?


Carla, I have bought some yarn from her and had a good experience so i would def reccommend.

and on this page it explains what kind of fiber reactive dyes you can use to dye cotton

http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/aboutdyes.shtml

i've dyed some cotton with little pouch of dye found at micheals..i'm not sure what the brand is.. it was a little messier and and i HAD to wear gloves and a mask. the dye took a while to rinse all out, but the color turned out great.

i'm sure there are other dyes out there that would be easier to use with cotton though

hope that helped!

Carla1019
12-31-2007, 10:01 PM
Carla, I have bought some yarn from her and had a good experience so i would def reccommend.

Thanks for the info. and it is nice to know that you have brought from her. That was my first time to buy any thing from Etsy. I can't wait to try this.