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ohsnap 02-04-2013 11:05 PM

Any way to get brown yarn with food dye?
Is there any kind of food dye that will dye yarn a dark chocolate brown? I have the Wilton's icing gel but I could never get all of the colors in it to dissolve, and I tried mixing other colors with it but they separated on the little bits of yarn I tested it on. It was a gross light greenish brown, with green at either end.

I'm ready to dye my second skein of yarn and I'd love to do the brown, pink, blue, and green colorway I was wanting to do the first time.


saraOH 02-05-2013 12:30 PM

Re: Any way to get brown yarn with food dye?
Food dyes that are mixed tend to separate. An option that you could test is to hit it hard and fast, ie. pop the pH (add more vinegar to the yarn soak) and heat the dye mixture so that when it goes on the yarn it is hot.

I mostly use acid dyes, so food color dyeing and koolaid dyeing are not typically what I play with.

MrsStripe 02-05-2013 12:33 PM

Re: Any way to get brown yarn with food dye?
Try mixing orange and brown, or red and green kool aid and test it. Those might give you a better brown than wiltons.

Leiiki 02-05-2013 01:42 PM

I got a nice brown by kettle-dyeing with a kool-aid dye stock of mixed green (lemon lime) and orange. Black cherry can give you a reddish brown if you overdye a tan base.

I recommend making the dye stock, then testing a swatch in the microwave before committing. Definitely make the mixed stock, don't try to mix green and orange stocks in the pot unless you want a swamp/camo look.

carriek38 02-05-2013 01:53 PM

I'll double check, but I think I read recently on Rav that...1 part orange to 3 parts grape KA makes a good brown.

ohsnap 02-05-2013 02:50 PM

Re: Any way to get brown yarn with food dye?
Thanks all!

I'm going to try all of those suggestions and if none of it works, is there any reason I can't use acid dyes for certain colors (such as black and brown) and kool aid/wilton's for the others?

Rdesonia 02-05-2013 09:30 PM

Re: Any way to get brown yarn with food dye?
I have not had success on a brown. I tried koolaid and then brown wiltons. I did get some that looked like red tinted iced tea from the wiltons after I just kept adding and adding and adding and playing with it. (I was kettle dying uncarded wool. and I don't remember what all I added to it now.)

rumblepurr 02-05-2013 09:40 PM

Re: Any way to get brown yarn with food dye?
I've had good luck getting a chocolate brown with coffee beans :)

MothyrGrimm 02-05-2013 10:27 PM

Google "dyeing yarn with kool aid color chart" it helps a bit with colors.

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