Sunday, May 14, 2006

What if I told you...

orange yarn_flowers
Originally uploaded by Needleworks, Inc..
...that I made this yarn? Well, I dyed it. Well, John B and I dyed it. That is, he taught me how to dye it. With Kool Ade!

We had another Crafty Night @ The Works last week and we dyed yarn! And we sewed! It was crafty!

Pictured left (notice the orange theme) is some laceweight wool from Habu Textiles. It's like a gazillion yards.

The dying process is as follows:

1. Soak the yarn in hot water in large pot.
2. Prepare the dye by dissolving packets of Kool Ade in hot water. Make sure it's completely dissolved, but add more or less depending on how intense you want the color to be.
3. Carefully pour dye (Kool Ade) strategically in the pot of yarn approximately where you want it to go. This is not an exact science, but that's what makes it exciting!
4. Bring yarn up to a boil and then gently simmer until water is clear! (Clear! It turns clear and the yarn eats up all the Kool Ade!)
5. Let cool and carefully wring excess water from yarn and let it hang to dry. Yay!

Here is the process is photo form (Sorry about the icky flash photography. It was Crafty *Night* after all):


gleek said...

fun fun fun! now... what are you going to make out of it?

Rebecca said...

That's the question, isn't it!? I'll have to sleep on it for a while. John and I agreed to share it, though...

Stacey- SP8 said...

Really cool! I have been wanting to try kool-aid dyeing myself! I am going to have to find time now!

Rebecca said...

It's fun! And so easy - I had no idea!

john said...

The pics rock, babe. You aren't letting all 1600 yards of her get "too" comfy at The Works, are you?