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Ceil Posted - 02/28/2014 : 8:26:26 PM
I can't get Kool-Aid to run, not even red. Anyone have an explanation?

Ceil
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robinstephanie Posted - 03/31/2014 : 08:24:09 AM
The Kool-Aid possibly did not run because it has either citric or acetic acid in it, or something like that, I can't remember. I've heard the acid acts as a mordant, and binds the dye chemically to the fibers, so: less bleeding. Not sure what's going on with the cake dye. I'm not a dyer... yet. I've felt the pull lately, so I've been reading, but I don't know much yet.

Robinsteph

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azblueskies Posted - 03/28/2014 : 07:15:41 AM
I'm not positive but I think I had used Jacquard Acid Dye. Probably didn't use enough. I've used Kool-Aid and can't remember having any problems with that. It's been too long since I've experimented. I really need to retire.

azblue
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Ceil Posted - 03/27/2014 : 9:27:57 PM
Wow, really? I've gotten a wonderful red, and it doesn't bleed!

Ceil
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Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
azblueskies Posted - 03/26/2014 : 07:23:54 AM
It's been awhile since I've dyed but I recall trying for red and instead getting splotchy pink. Hope someone has an answer for you, Ceil.

azblue
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Ceil Posted - 03/25/2014 : 9:52:09 PM
Well, I've done it again: overdyed some wool yarn with really red cake dye, and the color is amazingly fast with no bleeding. I really tested the process by putting almost 600g of yarn in what I think is a 12-quart dyepot! Oddly, the same yarn in a darker color bled like mad. It took simmering it in a lot of vinegar to get it to stop.

No one seems to have an answer to my first post on this thread, so I will ask again: What's so hard about getting red dye to "stick"?

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.

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