|Pam and her wool dyed with Kool-Aid.|
1. Soak 100% wool (or silk or other animal fibers) in hot water until saturated.
2. Dissolve a package of unsweetened Kool-Aid in hot water either on the stove or in a crock pot. (You can experiment with different amounts and combinations of colors.)
3. Squeeze out fabric (we used about a quarter of a yard or less at a time) and immerse it in the hot Kool-Aid mixture. Stir intermittently until the fabric has absorbed all of the dye and the water is clear or milky -- depends on the color. The more you stir, the more even the color will be. Stir less for a mottled look.
4. Remove wool from hot water and plunge into a bowl of cold water.
5. Rinse in cold water with one drop of dish detergent until rinse water is clear.
6. Squeeze out and toss in hot dryer with an old towel. It's okay to dry several different colors together without worrying about the color bleeding.
Here are the results, shown with the Kool-Aid colors that were used.
|Dyed first with blue, then a little lemon-lime was added.|
Ideally, you can find light-colored wool garments for cheap at thrift stores. Cut them apart, wash in hot water and dry on high and then go to town with the Kool-Aid!
If you're interested in seeing what other fiber artists are up to this week, check out Nina Marie's Off-the-Wall Friday: interconnected-off-wall-friday.html
Have a colorful day!