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Old 04-11-2006, 03:14 PM   #1
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Dying cotton ~ so what CAN you use?
I bought a huge ball of kitchen cotton for really cheap at the grocery store, and some Kool-Aid. I KNEW that I had read something somewhere about dying cotton with Kool-Aid, but didn't look it up until I got home. So I read you can't dye cotton with Kool-Aid, I thought "I'll prove them wrong" :rollseyes: . I got a lovely colour out of it, but it was not colourfast, now I have a dishcloth that is white that used to be variagated pink. Oh well, so I tried.

Now I'd like to know specifically what do you use to dye cotton? I think I read something about needing an acid base dye. Is this true? Are there things commonly found in your average store that can be used for cotton?
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Old 04-11-2006, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hmm.. :thinking: I don't know, but I'm surprised koolaid wouldn't work. That stuff stains kids clothing just fine!
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Old 04-11-2006, 03:48 PM   #3
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No kidding..u can't get koolaid out of ANYTHING!!!
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Old 04-11-2006, 04:11 PM   #4
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I bet if you would of put it in the dryer after you dyed it would of set it in .BUT I don'tknow how you would do that.Just trying to help

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What about something like Rit Dye?
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Jacquard makes a dye for cotton called Procion MX dye. i have some but haven't tried it yet. cause i thought it was for wool...which it prolly is but it didn't say so i haven't tried it on my wool yet.
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I'm thinking something about soaking it in vinegar to st the color????

I think there's an article about dying with koolaid on knitty.....
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Yep, but not with cotton. No amount of vinegar or vast quantities of kool-aid will do the trick, believe me I've tried!!!
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For plant fibers you need to use fiber reactive dyes, IIRC...

http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...lnav=dyes.html
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