Sunday, January 24, 2010

Better get your sunglasses for this one!

After using KoolAid dyes to dye my yarn, I decided to try using the Easter egg dye I bought last April. I was curious to see what each colour would give. So I mix vinegar and water with each of the five colours that came in the box and decided to 'paint' sections of my skein

With gloves on, I worked the colour in the yarn section by section. I liked seeing the new colour produced when two colours overlapped (ie: the purple between the pink and blue)

I then rolled it all up in plastic wrap and set it in a glass container.

I heated it in the microwave for 2 minutes at a time, about 4 times. (Let it rest 5 minutes between each time.)

Once cooled, I proceeded to rinse it and the colours ran way too much. So back into vinegar and water to set the dye. This time I placed it in a low oven for 30 minutes.

That did it, the colours were set and no more bleeding. Once dried, the colours are vibrant and wild!

Very happy colours indeed.

This yarn is a bulky yarn. It would work really well for a felted project or for a child's item. At 8.5 ounces (242 g), there is plenty.

I will add it to my Etsy shop.

I must try my Jacquard dyes next time!! I'll keep you posted

1 comment:

  1. The process is so much fun! I just enjoy seeing it.... and the final product is funky fun too :D