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Old 05-30-2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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Hi mama's I saw a post about dying wool with Koolaid - now are we talking drink mix Koolaid? or is that just a name brand for dye?? I have some wool covers I want to try dying and I'm not sure how to do it...Thanks crafty mama's

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yes we are talking sugar-free koolaid. As far as dying covers I am not forsure as I only do yarn.
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Re: Q about dying wool

You can dye a wool garment with drink mix Kool-aid. FYI, the grape Koolaid has been a big disappointer on these boards, as it dyes up a dark, nearly black purple instead of a vibrant grapish color. Here is a color chart of the different flavors of Kool-aid dying wool yarn, but bear in mind that the actual color may differ in real life from what you see on your monitor. If you could do a test swatch first, it would be better.

Don't forget to wash your wool item in Dawn before trying to dye it. You want to get rid of as much lanolin as you can so that the wool absorbs the dye properly.
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Sweet! I'm on my way to get dawn and kool-aid now - thank you
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put a glug of vinegar in with the KA and it will take better. And I think zapping in the microwave gives more vibrant colors.
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Koolaid is the best!! I have done microwave, and the colors are so bright and pretty... here's one picture.......




okay, here's one more....

( haven't made the icord yet...)

But these were a couple of my koolaid dying fun, the orange one was my very first attempt.... SOO much fun
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Those are beautiful mama!
The store closed before I got there last night, I'm gonna try today, So in the micro with a glug of vinager - got it lol, I'll post some pics either way if they turn out or not - so much fun, I will ALWAYS LOVE the smell of kool-aid!
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I have the best results if I thoroughly wash my wool with liquid dish soap first, and then soak in water with about 1/4 cup of vinegar for 30 minutes to overnight. If you're adding vinegar to your dye water make sure to not add it on top of your items (in the dye water).
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OK, so I add the vinager first, or maybe if I soak in vinager then I don't need to add any? I think I'll wash, soak and micro the first one with out vinager and see, if it's not bright enough I'll do the next one with it this'll be fun
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