Friday, March 30, 2007

Kool-Aid/Easter Egg Dyed Roving

8oz of Blue Faced Leicester roving, dyed with assorted Kool-Aid flavors and Easter egg dyeing tablets. I split the roving into yard-ish length and presoaked it in warm water with vinegar. I followed the package directions for dye tablets (1/2 water with 3 tbsp vinegar) and mixed each Kool-Aid packet in approx. 6oz water and 2oz vinegar. Some say you don't really need vinegar with Kool-Aid (it's got enough citric acid already), but I decided to try it with vinegar this time. I laid out 2 strips of roving at a time on clingfilm and poured on the mixed dyes. I wrapped up the packets and put them in the microwave (1 at a time cause that's all that would fit) for 2 minutes with a 2 minute rest before heating again. It usually took about 3 cycles before the dye seemed exhaused. I heated the packets in a glass dish, and it works a lot better if you put clingfilm over the whole dish. My untaped packets just weren't holding in enough steam by themselves. The roving was allowed to cool (almost completely, cause I had to cook dinner) and washed with Euclan, then rinsed. I didnt notice any dye coming out in the wash. It should be interesting to see how this looks spun up.

1 comment:

roxtarchic said...

i've always wondered and pondered at the "how to" of dyeing... you make it sound so simple (and it looks great btw)... really interesting to read! thnx!