Saturday, February 17, 2007

Dyeing Wool and Yarn

I tried two different methods of dyeing roving. One with food coloring and the other with Koolaid. I am thinking with the Koolaid I should have added even more. I added two packets of cherry and two packets of grape and you can see that it probably needed more. The advantages to Koolaid is that you get a nice smell as the wool smells like you are on a sheep farm. But, I like the intensity of the food coloring more. I chose to use kitchen friendly dyes so that I could use my pots. But, I was reading that old dyes also work nicely on wool.

I love the boldness of the way the yarns dyed but I think next time I'll add more coloring for the roving. But, I'm also thinking that just buying the dyed versions is just as good!


Blogger StegArt said...

The colors look great! Where did you get your wool?

5:18 PM  
Blogger Doreen G said...

The rovings look good.I have heard about koolaid but we don't have it in Australia.How colour fast are both the food colourings and Koolaid

8:10 PM  
Blogger Purple Missus said...

I agree, using the dyed versions is just as good but you can't beat that moment of satisfaction when a piece you have dyed yourself turns out beautifully - like those first two pieces in your last post.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Vicki W said...

Kool-aid - who knew! I think the color looks great just as it is. Absolutely, using pre-dyed is easier but you can't beat the surprise of dyeing your own!

8:41 AM  

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