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Old 01-29-2010, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default fav method 4 dying wool?

Whats yours?
Do you prefer acid dyes of food grade? Microwave, steaming or kettle? Anyone bake the yarn to set the dye (if you do, please share advice, links or tutorial) ?
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:19 AM   #2
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I've only ever tried wiltons, fc, koolaid, and easter egg dyes. I would love to branch out into acid dyes but they scare me If i'm dying solid colors I use a bowl and the microwave. if I'm painting then I steam set. I also like to kettle dye... I love the depth of colors you can get from that method.

I haven't dyed anything for quite some while... I just found some easter egg dyes during the move so I have the dying bug right now
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:24 AM   #3
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i just got the jaquards starter kit! im so xcited! i'll admit, im quite intimidated...

in the past, i've used fc and koolaid. i've only set the color in the microwave.
once i used the kettle mthod in a pyrex bowl lined w/ plastic wrap and nuked it that way. that turned out pretty rad.
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I've done it several ways....Microwave with koolaid, crot pot, kettle dyed, "Painted" the roving or yarn wrapped in foil and steamed. But my favorite is to get a large stock pot, I use a canner, and wide mouth canning jars. I fill about 1/2 an inch with vinegar, then add the acid dyes (Cushings are my favorite) then fill the jars the rest of the way with water, wet the wool and then drape it in and out of the jars....I can do 4 colors at a time this way. add soem water to the large pot and let simmer for about 15 minutes. then let it sit and cool for a long time. The longer it cools, the brighter the colors get. Dont' be afraid of acid dyes. Really, you'd need to sniff a whole lot of that powder for it to be dangerous. But I do'nt use any pot or crot pot or even microwave that I use food in to dye when I use acid dyes. There have been many a discussion about the safety of even using a microwave to dye and then using the same microwave to heat up food. So I just avoid using anything that I use for food when I dye.
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