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How To Dye Fabric with Tea Bags. I found some yellow sweatshirt fleece for a great deal online.

How To Dye Fabric with Tea Bags

It arrived, and the color was a lot brighter than I wanted. A bright banana yellow. So I figured I'd use tea bags to dye it and give it a muted tone. I read up online, and got into it. First I steeped a handful of black tea bags (probably around 10) in a big pot for quite a while, over an hour. Then I threw the soggy tea bags away. Because I was trying to dye 2.5 yards of fleece, I didn't have a bucket or container large enough. So I dyed my fabric in the bathtub. I filled the tub with enough water to cover fabric, getting it all wet before it touched the tea. I pulled out the fabric and dumped the pot of concentrated tea in.

My two year old asked who went poo in the tub. I let it soak for a few hours, squishing it around when I'd pass by now and again, trying to prevent streaks of dye. Once the fabric has achieved your desired color, put it in your washing machine on just the spin cycle to get all the tea water out. How To: Dye Yarn With Food Coloring. Experimental Recycled Sleeve Dyeing with Food Dyes. December 14th, 2008 Email 29 users recommend A ball of gorgeous, unique hand-dyed yarn would be a fabulous gift for the knitter in your life!

Experimental Recycled Sleeve Dyeing with Food Dyes

Lee Meredith If the colors blend more, you'll get a nice variegated colorway. This in-progress scarf is being knit with yarn dyed this way. Photo: Lee Meredith I love experimentation, especially in craft projects, and I find it exciting when I don't have full control over the outcome of a project—it's like the object takes on a life of its own and becomes what it wants to become. You'll need: A wool (or mostly wool) sweater that can be unraveledSeam ripper and scissorsPlastic wrapKool-Aid or food coloringWhite vinegarCups for mixing dye (and a spoon or mixing stick)Optional turkey basterLarge microwavable bowlMicrowave. Kathryn Ivy - Yarn Dyeing Tutorial. Designed by Alice Schnebly Supplies Easter egg dye tablets Vinegar (I used a whole 32 oz. bottle by the end of the dyeing session) Aluminum foil or Steamer Plastic wrap Large pot with lid Trash bags or newspaper to cover your work surface Cheap waste yarn Tablespoon measuring spoon Pyrex measuring cup Drying rack Paper towels Squirt bottles (Mine are condiment dispensers from the kitchenware section at WalMart) Foam brushes Small funnel Containers for mixing dye Wool wash Rubber gloves Yarn and Dye Preparation First, you will need to prepare your yarn for dyeing.

Kathryn Ivy - Yarn Dyeing Tutorial

Fill one side of your sink with about three inches of cold water. Once you have your soaking mixture, add your tied yarn hanks and submerge them in the water. Prepare the dye tablets as directed on the packages. Once the colors are dissolved, you can dilute the vinegar/dye mixture with water to achieve the color you want. Colour Trends for 2012. I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! I did, and now I'm looking forward to celebrating the new year. I can't believe it's going to be 2012. I remember so clearly celebrating the new year in 2000, and it's actually twelve years later. Doesn't seem possible. Something that comes with each new year is fashion forecasts and trends. With each new knitting pattern book and magazine I see, there seem to be some trends being followed, but I find that in knitwear, trends are given a nod but the patterns are most often practical and wearable.

Color is where those of us who are a little more traditional can employ trends. Here are the color forecasts for 2012. . : Gold, almond, avocado green, and muted mustard. Oatmeals, browns, tans, and grays. </b>*} Blush pink, robin's egg blue, and mint green. This combo is being used in geometric, bold applications, which is pretty exciting. This is the color company Pantone's choice for 2012. Cheers, Palette creations. Fabric Swatch journal. A Passion for Color If you love fabric, then you probably share a passion for color.

Fabric Swatch journal

From rich solids to vibrant prints, perusing the fabrics in a fabric shop is like being a kid in a candy store. We all have colors that we are personally drawn to-for me it's saturated oranges, teals, and greens. So recently, I've been challenging myself to move out of my "personal color palette" and comfort zone and sew with neutrals. Dying with Food Colouring.

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Dying with Food Colouring

Here's a guide to creating your own handpainted yarn. From the left, hot pour, cold pour, and dip-dye methods. Ever had a desire to create your own variegated yarns? Mix exactly the colors you want on exactly the yarn you want, to create something uniquely your own? You’ve come to the right place. Below are three common ways to make handpaint yarns; I’ve arranged them in order of difficulty, though none of them are truly hard to do. Regardless of what method you use, there are some factors to consider. Safety: Using acid dyes developed specifically for dyeing protein fibers can be dangerous.

The answer? Dying with Food Coloring. Listening To: Flathead by The Fratellis.

Dying with Food Coloring