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Old 11-02-2006, 04:17 AM   #1
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Dyeing yarn that's already coloured
I've got some yarn leftover from another project and I think there's just enough there to make a small felted purse, or something similar. The nice lady at the yarn shop said this particular yarn was really good for felting and I'm quite eager to try it out. However, the colour of the yarn is... eh, rather garish to say the least. I bought it to make the Jayne Cobb Hat, and that hat is supposed to look ridiculous, but I don't really want to be carrying a purse that makes me look like a McDonald's spokesperson.

Anyhoo, I'm wondering if it could be dyed. It's already coloured to begin with so I expect that will affect the end result? What if I dyed it a really dark colour? Does anyone have any experience with this? Oh, and if I felt it after, will the colour come out in the wash?

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Old 11-02-2006, 08:03 AM   #2
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Yes, if it's cotton or wool yarn you can over dye it. Take into consideration that you'll be mixing the color it is with the new color. If you dye the yellow yarn with red, you'll end up with an orange. The orange yarn is a combination of yellow and red, so if you use, say blue you'll get a combination of green and purple.... which would be some kind of brown.

If you dye it properly, it should absorb most of the color and rinsing should remove any dye that didn't take/strike. Then it should be colorfast when you felt it.
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Old 11-02-2006, 08:26 AM   #3
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I think that if you used a gray dye, you would end up with muted, earthier versions of the original colors. (When I used KoolAid on gray yarn, I got muted colors so I'm sort of extrapolating from that experience -- don't know if my logic is kosher or not.) You probably want to test-dye small samples of yarn to make sure you like the color before you do the whole thing.

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