Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dyeing Part 3: Easter Egg Dye!

I spent a couple days this spring dyeing yarn with Easter Egg dye and citric acid (you can get citric acid in the canning section and grocery stores.  I got mine at Walmart.  It was by the canning jars).

PAAS neon colors

PAAS regular kit


Here's how I did it.

Samples dyed using Paas egg dyeing tablets
Samples are 1 tablet/0.6 oz (16g) of Classic Alpaca Lite color #100 White House (30 wraps on 18” niddy noddy)
Use 3 tablets/50g to achieve same saturation
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Spring Green
  • Teal
  • Blue
  • Denim
  • Purple
Neon
  • Pink
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Spring green
  • Blue
  • Purple
Soaked yarn overnight or longer in plain water.
Used citric acid instead of vinegar. Dissolved 1 TBS of citric acid in 1 cup of water (made citric acid water- CAW).
For Reds, pinks, and purples: Put 1 dye tablet in small container with 3 TBS of plain water.
For all other colors: Put 1 dye tablet in small container with 3 TBS of CAW.
Once tablets dissolved, added 1/2 cup of plain water.
Added yarn to container and let sit until most or all of the dye was exhausted.
For reds, pinks, and purples: Put yarn and water left in container in a microwaveable safe container. Microwaved on HIGH 2 min, let rest 2 min, added 3 TBS of CAW, microwaved on HIGH 2 min, let rest 7 min, added 3 more TBS of CAW, microwaved on HIGH 2 min, let rest 2 min, on HIGH 2 min, let rest until cool. Rinsed in water with a bit of Fibre Rinse. Hung to dry.
For all other colors: Put yarn and water left in container in microwaveable safe container. Added 3 TBS of CAW. Microwaved on HIGH 2 min, let rest 2 min, on HIGH 2 min let rest 7 min, on HIGH 2 min, let rest 2 min, on HIGH 2 min, let rest until cool. Rinsed in water with a bit of Fibre Rinse. Hung to dry.


Ta Da!  Fun yarn!  These samples will probably become a woven scarf someday.

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