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Wovenflame
Seriously Hooked

Canada
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Posted - 02/15/2005 :  08:52:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wovenflame's Homepage Send Wovenflame a Private Message
I've ordered "Four Seasons Roma" from Elann
http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Four+Seasons+Roma&Season=&Company=Four+Seasons&Cat=&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=1
to make the "Shapely Tank Top" from White Lies Designs. Although using it, as is, in white would be fine, I would like to try dying it. Does anyone know if "Mercerized, Gassed Cotton" will dye with Kool-Aid?

Will it dye with nice, bright colors? I am a "Winter" and look best in clear, bright primary colors. Any suggestions on which flavour of Kool-Aid would give me the best results?




-Marlene-
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Lanea
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Posted - 02/15/2005 :  09:39:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
It should dye relatively well. Before dying, I would wash it in synthaprol, which you can get here: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/2127-AA.shtml
It helps clean the fiber well so that it can accept dye better. And I would dye the yarn before knitting the tank--you'll get better results.

http://crazylaneas.blogspot.com/
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Wovenflame
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Canada
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Posted - 02/15/2005 :  10:04:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wovenflame's Homepage Send Wovenflame a Private Message
I've been looking through the "how-to" section of the Knitter's Review Magazine. I notice that the Kool-Aid dying is recommended for protein fibers but cotton is a cellulose fiber. Do I have to go for some other kind of dye, or has someone here got hands-on experience with dying cotton with Kool-Aid?

-Marlene-
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Lissa
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Posted - 02/15/2005 :  11:29:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
Kool Aide is an acid dye, and won't work on cotton. For cotton, you could either use Rit (ugh) or a fiber-reactive dye, such as Procion MX. The KA will simply wash out more and more with successive washings.

Lissa

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Wovenflame
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Canada
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Posted - 02/15/2005 :  12:00:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wovenflame's Homepage Send Wovenflame a Private Message
Thanks Lissa. I'll see if I can find Prociaon MX around here somewhere.

-Marlene-
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Lanea
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Posted - 02/15/2005 :  1:42:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
They have it at Dharma trading: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3796-AA.shtml
It's great stuff. I've used it several times and have no complaints (other than complaints against myself for dyeing my fingers blue, of course).

http://crazylaneas.blogspot.com/
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Lissa
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Posted - 02/15/2005 :  3:23:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
I have heard nothing but good things about Dharma Trading. You should do well there.

Lissa

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Busyhands
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Posted - 02/15/2005 :  8:45:39 PM  Show Profile Send Busyhands a Private Message
You can also get Jacquard acid dyes, which work great on cotton and are generally used for tye-dying, at Dick Blick art supply stores or other similar places.
Lin
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tobyjavin
New Pal

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Posted - 02/17/2005 :  07:54:32 AM  Show Profile Send tobyjavin a Private Message
Might try testing a little bit with the koolaid anyway.
I have stained all cotton washcloths with it.
I think it would give a pastel color rather then a primary.

-Rachel
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pjkite
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Posted - 02/17/2005 :  08:40:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message
Kool aid will stain cotton. That stain will grow fainter with successive washings and chlorine bleach can eliminate it completely. In other words, it isn't light- or color-fast on cotton.

To get lasting color on cellulose fiber like cotton or linen, you must use an acid dye or the appropriate mordant with natural dyes. Dharma is good to deal with. I'd also order some synthrapol - it helps get all the excess dye out when you're dyeing bright colors.

Pamela Kite
East Tennessee
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