Thank you for an awesome video. You mention vinegar being the catalyst to bonding your color to your yarn. I was wondering if I was to face paint my stuffed toy with an acrylic paint could I mix or spray seal it with vinegar to cause the paint to be permanent? Of course, then heat set it.
Hello! Dyes are different than paints. Dyes bond specifically with proteins in an animal object (yarn, hair, eggshells) to create color, while paints are pigments that sit on the top surface of all types of items. With the dyeing process, the vinegar plus the heat makes the dyes chemically bond with the proteins in a much stronger way. Since paints do not bond with proteins in any way, vinegar won't help out.
Wool is naturally flame-resistant, whether wet or dry, which is why it is used in clothing for Fire & Military personnel. It also makes the best hot pads in the kitchen. What you are thinking of is called "grease wool" - which is basically unscoured wool. Some cargo carriers take extra precautions when shipping thousands and thousands of pounds of grease wool across the ocean, because the oils/grease (not the fiber) are combustible, as is any oil or grease. A few skeins of wool yarn (which isn't "grease wool") and a microwave are of no problem whatsoever. Large manufacturers dye wool with acid dyes in kettles at around 180 degrees F with no problems either.
Hi! Cotton is a plant fiber and needs a "fiber reactive" type of dye for it to work and not wash out. Kool-aid is not a fiber reactive dye. Wool is an animal fiber that responds to "acid" dyes - kool-aid contains a very mild acid called citric acid (which gives it its tart flavor) - and makes the wool accept the kool-aid dye. Acrylic is a plastic, and does not accept dyes very well. To do this with kool-aid, you'll need wool, as it is the only kind that works correctly.
+tick tock Absolutely! Kool-aid works best with animal fibers like wool and alpaca though. For tie-dye t-shirts made of cotton, kool aid works, but not as good as traditional plant-fiber dyes like RIT and Tulip.
+Rosalie Matocinos You definitely can put the kool-aid water on the stove and heat it - however it's important to choose the right pot (glass, stainless steel, enamel are good. pots made of aluminum can cause issues). Also I don't like to boil (212 Fahrenheit) the water - heating it closer to just 170-180-190 degrees F is better.
Kristal, It will only work with 100% WOOL. If your baby yarn is WOOL then it will work, if it is acrylic you will have a hard time dyeing it. If it is cotton then you can use regular fabric dye. But as she said in the video it has to be 100% WOOL.
@Jana Smith Hi! I have found that unsweetened items like black tea or even green tea work well for this project. However most of the fruit juices or anything with sugar in it don't work out as well, especially when heating in the microwave. The kool-aid packets and food colorings i use in the video are of the unsweetened/no sugar variety and do work consistently well.
@moon chua thank you very much! ants like the sugar in drinks, so as long as you use the unsweetened (no sugar) kool-aid traditional packets show at the 0:33 mark in the video, the ants will not go near the kool-aid yarn. and granted you can use other brands besides kool-aid like flavor-ade packets as well, as long as it is unsweetened.
@meeshellexx I've never had any of my 100% wool items fade or bleed after dyeing with kool-aid. Most of the time I can never get kool-aid out of things I accidentally drop it on, especially the red ones! :)
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