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Hsiaokuo62 01-21-2006 09:06 PM

Anyone tried dyeing yarn with red wine?
 
I have half a bottle of Shiraz (red) wine that does not agree with me, and I thought of using it to dye 3 small skeins of rather dirty-looking white boucle' alpaca yarn. It is natural, that is, has not been dyed or whitened. Has anybody used wine for dying yarn and if so anything I should know?
Thanks!
Laura :shock:

foldedbird 01-22-2006 02:08 AM

I did it on accident once... does that count? hehe.

feministmama 01-22-2006 02:41 AM

What a great idea! Geez I'm going to look in my fridge for stuff. Grapes? Carrots? Grenadine? Lemon juice? Berries?

ecuzzacrea 01-22-2006 03:39 AM

glad to know i'm not the only one who can't drink Shiraz. i love it, but it messes me up! :(

Hsiaokuo62 01-22-2006 11:38 PM

How it went
 
Hi Friends,
Well I dyed the alpaca boucle' using the half bottle of wine. I followed the general procedure for using Kool-Aid but I did not soak in vinegar first since I thiught the wine was probably pretty acidic. I'm not sure now if it was or not. So I soaked it and microwaved it for 2 mins, waited 2 mins, then microwaved for 2 mins. Then rinsed it in plain water 3 times. Anyway it came out a pale mauve, not bad really, sort of like a light gray poodle with a pinkish cast :)
Note, if you want to do this, wear rubber gloves - under my finger nails are all dark purple!

Jazzmatazz 01-23-2006 04:00 PM

Re: How it went
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hsiaokuo62
Note, if you want to do this, wear rubber gloves - under my finger nails are all dark purple!

Yikes, I wonder what the inside of my tummy looks like.

Jenelle 01-23-2006 09:18 PM

I heard you can also dye fabrics and yarns with tea :??

is it true? :??

ecuzzacrea 01-23-2006 09:48 PM

i've dyed fabric with tea, but never yarn.

it has to be VERY strong.

feministmama 01-24-2006 12:04 AM

Woow! tea! How about some red Zinger!!!!


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