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Old 09-15-2006, 11:02 PM   #1
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How do you dye yarn? Any tips/info etc.? :) Thanks!
How do you dye yarn? I bought a few skeins of this tussah silk yarn in "natural" (thinking I'd dye it) and of course! lol (I don't know how! lol).

Can I use kool aid to dye silk???? Is kool aid really an effective dye? (can yo
u use food coloring as a sub. for kool - aid????)

Also...... How do you get pretty/ multi hues like yarn in the pic???? Any tips for that???? Thanks!

Any tips etc. from experience yarn dyers APPRECIATED!
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Old 09-16-2006, 12:20 AM   #2
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First of all Hi!!

Kool aid dying works beautifully for wool yarn but unfortunatly you have to you acid dyes for silk. It is beautiful when finished but a little more involved. As for the color changes you can "paint" your yarn by dipping it or pouring the dye on the yarn
http://www.yarndreams.com/dye.html Good link for Kool-aid dyeing

http://www.gfwsheep.com/rov.inst/rov.inst.html great pics on dyeing, she is dyeing roving but it is the same principals as yarn

http://www.peak.org/~spark/dyeingfelt.html Great resource

Good luck and have fun!

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I've actually had success using Wilton dyes on silk -- you do have to soak it in vinegar water first, and for a long time -- silk takes a long time to get thoroughly wet, and if it's not completely wet it won't take the dye evenly. The colors are so beautiful and vibrant! :D
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http://www.neauveau.com/dyeingyarn.html

This is a really basic simple tutorial with good pix. She dyes wool, and she even tells how to over dye if you end up not liking your end result.
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I think this is one of the best resources for dying you can also read some basics here
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Thanks so much! I'll cruise through those sites for info.
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