Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dying Crochet Thread and more

I have had some Jacquard Acid Dye color mixes ready for a while, and decided that I had best pull them out and use them before they went bad as it has been weeks since they were mixed. I wanted to try dying some cotton thread, so only began with three of the dye colors.
I pulled down a hug ball of white crochet thread and wrapped some around my fingers in little bunches, and some around this cereal box.
The "cereal box" thread was brush painted with a few different colors of dye. I just went across the box, coloring the thread about 2" down each strand; they repeated with the next color, and the next until all of the white thread was no longer white. I was not sure how it would come out...and did only one "box worth". 
 But it is fabulous! I'm going to have to re-think and do this some more as I love varigated and overdyed threads!
The other colors were submessed in little dye cups...baths of dye for each little bunch of thread. A couple of the cups had more water added, to lessen the intensity of the dye bath. They all turned out so nicely...
...that I did a whole bunch more today. They are sitting on my brown "dying towel" waiting to dry. Tomorrow, I'll be busy wrapping all of this thread around little cardboard spools.
AND, I had a lot of this light blue/teal 4mm silk ribbon from super buy on facebook...and didn't need dozens of packages of the same shades...so dyed them too.
They are waiting to dry. So, I'll have thread and ribbon in similar colors...such pretty playthings!
I'll show you how these ribbons look in a couple of days after they have dried and I'm pressed them.
EDITED TO ADD: 5/5/2012 I was asked about the size of the crochet cotton, but the label is no longer on this huge ball of thread, so I have no idea. It is equal in size between Perle 8 and Perle 12, and is a 3-ply twist. The ball is measured 5 inches tall and 15 inches around, if that helps.
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