Last week I shared how I dip dyed yarn and mentioned that I might add a second layer of dye. As you may have guessed, I did add a second layer and I did it in a slightly different way, so I wanted to share what I did with those of you who might be interested.
When I dip dyed last week, the colors came out to a nice yellow, orange, red. But I really wanted my yarn to be more tonal, so I decided to dye the yarn a second time with just red. I again used Cherry Kool-aid, water, and vinegar. Since I was dyeing all my yarn just one color, I decided to try the steps a bit differently. I did this while my yarn was still damp from the first round of dyeing, if your yarn is dry, it would be a good idea to soak it in your water and vinegar mixture for 30 minutes before dyeing it a second time.
step1 | I poured the Cherry Kool-aid powder into my baking dish.
step 2| I combined 4 cups of water and ¼ cup of vinegar in a pot and brought it to just boiling.
step 3| pour the hot water/vinegar over the powder in the baking dish and stir with a spoon until all the powder is dissolved.
step 4| place your yarn into the baking dish, pushing it down gently, but make sure not to agitate it as you don’t want it to felt together.
step 6| As I explained in part one, since wool takes so long to dry, I like to place my yarn on an old towel (one that I don’t mind if it gets dye on it). I then slowly roll the towel over the wool and then press down on the rolled towel. This helps get excess water out of the wool without causing too much friction. Then hang your wool to dry.
This dyeing technique worked so well, I don’t have many pictures of the process because I had stepped away after placing the yarn in the dye bath for a bit and came back to all the dye being already absorbed before I could take a picture. I didn’t realize it would absorb it that quickly. With part one, it took longer for the yarn to absorb the dye, so I like this technique and think I’ll play around with it a bit more.
If you tried dyeing yarn like this also, let me know in the comments below. Or if you’ve dyed yarn before, but in a different way, I’d love to hear about it. Did the process work for you? Did you run into any problems? Did you get the colors you were hoping for?
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