I've been wanting to try out Kool Aid dyeing for a while now. Finally gave it a go!
This is a soft merino roving/top, about 1 oz. See how soft and fluffy? (You can click on the photos to see more detail.)
I added enough water to fully cover and let soak for at least an hour while we prepared and ate dinner. It felt weird squishing it, not at all as I expected. Like there was a sheath around it.
When I was ready to dye, I poured out the excess water and placed the fiber on a garbage bag.
I had pre-mixed a few Kool Aid packets in small jars, each with 2 tablespoons of water. The blue is Blue Moon Berry. The red is Solar Strawberry StarFruit and Soarin' Strawberry Lemonade (they looked pretty close so I used them more or less together). I used a small child's medicine dosing syringe and went at it. Probably used too much for what I was trying to do, I was actually hoping for a more dot-like effect, but got carried away.
Yep, Kool Aid does dye.
I zapped in the microwave for 2 minutes x 3. Between each zapping I took a paper towel and dabbed to see if the dyes came off.
It looks so... mangy. I imagine sheep do when they're soaked to the bone. Dogs do...
Now that it's done, I'm guessing the colors will bleed while I'm spinning and end up a murky brown. Maybe more blocks of color would work better. Or sticking with the dots, smaller and more separated. Well, we'll see. It'll be an adventure!
It's cooling; it's hard to be patient, I want to do something with it!
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