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.
Hugs!
 
 
 
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8 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

cool process. What size crochet thread? You are always so generous to share your knowledge.
xx, Carol

Jo said...

These look so pretty and versatile. I would love to try something like this

Quayceetatter said...

Can I come a and play with U!! Beautiful colors and can't wait to take an on-line class with U. Great classes I have taken with U and learn lots!! Linda in NM

Renata Tesu said...

WOW Kathy , they look so cool , love the colors

Melody said...

WOW I am gathering goodies from your class list so I am ready when you offer they dying class! These a beautiful, especially the cotton thread!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Great use of dye, ribbon and crochet thread...beautiful!
Deb

Suztats said...

Ooooh, pretty colours make me want to play!

traderslostart said...

I've dyed ribbon, but have never dyed thread.
Have to try it. The cereal box it a great idea.
Thank you Kathy