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DIY Learn How To Hand Paint Dye Yarn with Kool Aid Easy Tutorial - Dyed KoolAid Kool-Aid Rainbow

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Donna Wolfe from Naztazia http://naztazia.com shows you to hand paint and dye yarn with kool aid to make your own custom colors of yarn. This is a great summer DIY project, especially when you have young children or even older kids looking for a fun project to do with yarn. This is an easy, beginner tutorial. Donna shows you the secrets of getting good vibrant colors of yarn, using kool aid, food coloring or even easter egg dyes. 100% wool yarn is strongly suggested, but any animal fibers will work (like mohair, alpaca, silk, etc.) Kool-Aid comes in so many beautiful colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Plus you can combine a few colors to get new colors. Please click on the SUBSCRIBE button to get notified of brand new videos from Naztazia! Or click here to automatically subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=naztazia You can go to the Naztazia website for the FREE written pattern and a listing of materials and supplies: http://naztazia.com It really helps to follow along with the pattern while watching the video tutorial! Be sure to PAUSE and rewind or fast forward if a part in the video goes too fast or two slow for you. Visit the Naztazia Page on Facebook: http://facebook.com/naztazia and post photos of your work! Kool-Aid® is a registered trademark of Kraft Foods. Naztazia is an educational entity and has no affiliation whatsoever with Kool-Aid® or Kraft Foods. #naztazia Pattern, text, photos, video © 2015 Naztazia® Music written and performed by Donna Wolfe.
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Kristie Carwithen (3 months ago)
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.
naztazia (3 months ago)
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.
Dora Doraemon (5 months ago)
Can we dye with acrylic yarn?
naztazia (5 months ago)
Unfortunately not. Acrylic is a man- made fiber. Only natural fibers can be dyed this way.
Kerry Elizabeth (5 months ago)
Could I use acrylic
naztazia (5 months ago)
Unfortunately not with this method. Only natural sheep wool, alpaca, angora, etc.
Denise R (8 months ago)
Can this be used on the cotton clothesline cording as well ?
naztazia (8 months ago)
Kool aid only really works effectively on natural animal fibers like sheep's wool, rabbit, or alpaca, etc. Cotton is a plant, so it doesn't work as great using this method.
Theresa Kidd (11 months ago)
Isn't wet wool flammable?
Theresa Kidd (11 months ago)
naztazia Okay. Trying to figure out a way to dye my own yarn. So far my favorite method is with a crockpot.
naztazia (11 months ago)
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.
zintos mofokeng (1 year ago)
Definitely going to try this, love it
jodie kingsley (1 year ago)
Do you have to put yarn in microwave could dry out from jodie have a nice weekend love learning g from. You from jodie
naztazia (1 year ago)
Heat is what causes the dye to "set" into the yarn. So I generally use the microwave.
Will this work with 100% acrylic yarn
naztazia (1 year ago)
Unfortunately not. Only wool type of fibers (sheep wool, alpaca, etc.). There is another method I'll show in the future of what to do with acrylic :)
Mrs Field (1 year ago)
My yarn started popping in the microwave. Is that normal?
naztazia (1 year ago)
Small amounts of sounds are normal as with any microwave use, but I've not experienced any very noticeable popping sounds when dyeing my yarn in a microwave.
CraftyChica (1 year ago)
This was an awesome tutorial! :)
Glorie Kayhart (1 year ago)
can i dye my dmc thread with kool aid?
mhildebrand2016 (2 years ago)
So glad I found you website it is what I have been searching for
eatingfromthetree X (2 years ago)
You just made my life easier... Thank you
LuvU 2 (2 years ago)
Awesome! Thanks:)
Francine st-denis (2 years ago)
Love your videos. But please, where did you get the Kool aid jug. We still drink Kool aid in my family. Please keep up the videos. Thank you.
naztazia (2 years ago)
Thank you! Found the container on eBay. They also have the glass ones too :)
susie tester (2 years ago)
omg I love this video.. I've looked for a while on how to do this .. thanks so much
you smart
naztazia (2 years ago)
Thank you :)
Lucy Canaday (2 years ago)
Can I dye a sweater like that?
naztazia (2 years ago)
You can definitely dye a 100% wool sweater using this method.
Mizzfunny (2 years ago)
ty hun for the yarn help
naztazia (2 years ago)
Glad the video could help!
naztazia (2 years ago)
@donesia m. Absolutely with the sun! Half way through this video I show how I use a canning jar to "brew" the dye and yarn in the sun. Around 04:28.
Donesia M. (2 years ago)
I don't own a microwave. Would the sun or the oven work for setting the dye?
Hello! Can I use cotton yarn instead of wool? Wool's not too popular in my country because it's hot. And how long does the color last? Does it bleed easily?
naztazia (2 years ago)
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.
Rinka687 Runescape (3 years ago)
do u know a way of making wool yarn soft an not scratchy or a wool yarn that isn't scratchy an is soft???
Rinka687 Runescape (3 years ago)
Kk ty very much😊😊😊
naztazia (3 years ago)
you can purchase superwash wool... it is softer than some other wool. alpaca is also very soft.
Riya Dalpati (3 years ago)
I like it
Raevyn20 (3 years ago)
does the yarn still smell like kool aid after??
tick tock (3 years ago)
Can you dye clothes also?
naztazia (3 years ago)
+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.
Nichole Young (3 years ago)
Thank you so much!!! Very creative!!!
naztazia (3 years ago)
+Nichole Young Thank you so much!!
Ken Kat Rae (3 years ago)
are you South African?
naztazia (3 years ago)
+Kenzi Rouverand No, I'm from the United States. But someday I would like to visit South Africa!
Maggie Clenin (3 years ago)
Do you know how this will work with 100% cotton yarn like the Lydia brand #10 crochet thread?
Glenda Gutierrez (3 years ago)
How long does the color stay on? How many washed will it take for you to see a faded color?
Heather Klehm (3 years ago)
would this work with red heart yarn?
Starrawrcakes (3 years ago)
Check the wool count....
Irene Morales (3 years ago)
I tried it it worked thanks :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) please reply
naztazia (3 years ago)
+Irene Morales Awesome! Glad the video could help!
Rosalie Matociños (3 years ago)
can i boil it instead of using micowave?
Rosalie Matociños (3 years ago)
Thank you for your time answering my question. Its very helpful. Thank you again and God bless! :-)
naztazia (3 years ago)
+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.
Charity Colledge (3 years ago)
very creative .... really looking forward to trying this 👍
naztazia (3 years ago)
+Charity Price Awesome! Glad the video could help!
Serena Crochet (3 years ago)
nice video but where i can find kool aid because i'm from tunisia and i never heard about it . thanx
Anna Pinkham (2 years ago)
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_5?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=kool+aid&sprefix=kool%3B%2Caps%2C386 You can find it here on Amazon
Vicky Conery (3 years ago)
wow great video gotta try this thank you
naztazia (3 years ago)
+Vicky Conery Thank you very much for stopping by :)
Yonaivi Gonzalez (3 years ago)
here in venezuela no longer exists otherwise that l use
naztazia (3 years ago)
+Yonaivi Gonzalez You can use food dye plus vinegar as a substitute for kool-aid :)
Kristal Garcia (3 years ago)
It would be nice if I can get an answer to my comment will I also be able to use baby yarn or 4ply yarn for this project??
Anna Pinkham (2 years ago)
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.
Kristal Garcia (3 years ago)
Hi I was wondering if I would be able to do that with baby yarn I love. That idea because your right We can never find the color we want at the stores!!
Misty Mori (3 years ago)
+Kristal Garcia As she said in the video, wool or part wool will work. If your baby yarn is acyrlic, it won't work very well.
Trysten White (3 years ago)
i am going to try this out for sure! it is a pain in the butt to find the colors that you want or the store that you go to dose not have it
PassTheBuck! (3 years ago)
Awesome tutorial! Might have to try this out!
naztazia (3 years ago)
+PassTheBuck! Glad the video could help :)
Karla Kirkpatrick (3 years ago)
SewLJStyle (3 years ago)
Thank-you for sharing this wonderful tip
Crystal Matthews (3 years ago)
I have a question could you use the tie dye colors or doesn't it work
Jana Smith (3 years ago)
I was wondering can you us cerry juice on this
naztazia (3 years ago)
@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.
Cee Jay (3 years ago)
@naztazia please update your channel I'm so excited to see some more crochet technique
naztazia (3 years ago)
@cj aeea Hi! It's summer time here so I've been taking a little break, but more crochet and other fiber art videos will be coming out shortly :)
Hà Trang Trần Lê (3 years ago)
How can dye fabric with kool aid? Can you show me, pls? Tkank you so much c:
Lorraine Johnson (3 years ago)
This is probably the best tutorial I've seen on dying yarn with kool-aid. So I can only use 100% wool in orer for it to take the color well?
Lorraine Johnson (3 years ago)
Also when your doing multicolor yarn does the yarn has to be wet as well
Larissa Cordialini (3 years ago)
nice job dying your yarn Donna!!
Tuba Amiri (3 years ago)
I am gona try it thank you soo much
Anita Rampal (3 years ago)
Thanks Donna for the great video
moon chua (3 years ago)
Love your videos! Just to ask, will the dye attract any ants?
naztazia (3 years ago)
@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.
ruth taveras (3 years ago)
Does the yarn smell like kool-aid when your done
naztazia (3 years ago)
@ruth taveras i wish! unfortunately it only smells like kool-aid for about a day, then it just smells like regular yarn.
Annette Specht (3 years ago)
I know its possible to dye hair with koolaid -never knew yarn or eggs too lol -learn some thing new everyday! LOVE your tutorials
naztazia (3 years ago)
@Annette Specht Thank you so much!
Annette Specht (3 years ago)
I love this tutorial , Thank you :) And its almost like a science project lol - well to me anyway
naztazia (3 years ago)
@Annette Specht It is! It's fun to experiment with different colors and blends and concentration amounts to see what you get in the end.
Lorrie Popow (3 years ago)
Thank you Donna for sharing this wonderful information.
hi hello (3 years ago)
+naztazia thank you very much! Iam going to sub you!
naztazia (3 years ago)
@Lorrie Popow thank you so much!!
EYEAMSHEEEE (3 years ago)
I love your new hair color, it brightens up your face 🌼👍
Ayesha Sajid (1 year ago)
naztazia (3 years ago)
@EYEAMSHEEEE thank you very much :)
Tricia Bricesting (3 years ago)
Nice, and I have plenty of wool yarn to colour, thank you for the tutorial, keep them coming.
naztazia (3 years ago)
@Patricia Feifel Thank you very much for your kindness!
bcgrote (3 years ago)
It's in the 90's here, time to put that sunshine to work!
naztazia (3 years ago)
@bcgrote Absolutely! :)
meeshellexx (3 years ago)
Does the color eventually fade?
naztazia (3 years ago)
@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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