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Old 01-21-2006, 09:06 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 01-22-2006, 02:08 AM   #2
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I did it on accident once... does that count? hehe.
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Old 01-22-2006, 02:41 AM   #3
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What a great idea! Geez I'm going to look in my fridge for stuff. Grapes? Carrots? Grenadine? Lemon juice? Berries?
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Old 01-22-2006, 03:39 AM   #4
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glad to know i'm not the only one who can't drink Shiraz. i love it, but it messes me up! :(
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Old 01-22-2006, 11:38 PM   #5
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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!
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Old 01-23-2006, 04:00 PM   #6
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Re: How it went
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.
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I heard you can also dye fabrics and yarns with tea

is it true?
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i've dyed fabric with tea, but never yarn.

it has to be VERY strong.
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Woow! tea! How about some red Zinger!!!!
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