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Old 12-30-2007, 11:16 PM   #1
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coral color wanted
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?
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:25 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:15 AM   #3
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You can see some colors of yarn dyed with Kool-Aid here:

http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koo...rchart-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
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:46 AM   #4
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Thanks, that one on the left, the solar strawberry one, looks coral-y.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:48 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Shandeh View Post
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?
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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?!?!?!
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I am wanting to dye yarn also. Ihave not bought any yet but am looking at some yarn I have found on ETsy. NO ONe buy it.. it is MY... *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?
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Originally Posted by photolady View Post
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.
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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.
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