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Old 11-05-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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I was thinking of trying my hand at dyeing yarn since it seems so fun, but most of the tutorials I've seen use kool-aid. That's not permanent, is it? What's the best dye that won't fade (but hopefully is still easy to use)? TIA!

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kool-aid can be permanent! It's set with vinegar or citric acid. You can also use food coloring too. Those are the cheapest ways to start. You get very bright colors with them. I now use Jaquard dyes from Dharma, but there are other acid dyes out there too.
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OOOoo Jen if you start dyeing - you may start a whole nother way of putting me in debt LOL!!!!
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kool-aid can be permanent! It's set with vinegar or citric acid. You can also use food coloring too. Those are the cheapest ways to start. You get very bright colors with them. I now use Jaquard dyes from Dharma, but there are other acid dyes out there too.
Does the Kool-aid colors fade with time, though? I just don't want to deal with dyeing something only to have it fade on me. How easy are the Jaquard dyes to use? Thanks so much for answering my question.

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OOOoo Jen if you start dyeing - you may start a whole nother way of putting me in debt LOL!!!!
Aw, Tina, you're so sweet! I don't think I'll be dyeing to sell, but just for myself. Although, if it turns out to be something I like doing (or am any good at), I would happy to send some gift or two your way.
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I think if you heat set it, the food grade dyes are permanent. I just dyed my first batch using Wilton's icing colors. I added vinegar to make it acidic enough to stick and then heat set it in the microwave. There's a good tute on here somewhere....http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...ool+wilton%27s
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KA and food coloring work wonderfully for wool, alpaca, silk...not so much for cotton or acrylic.
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