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lemons
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Posted - 06/12/2005 :  9:32:57 PM  Show Profile Send lemons a Private Message
Has anyone done this? What I find on the net varies from using leftover grounds to letting sit in sludge for several hours. I am afraid it wouldn't be colorfast. Would you add vinegar to it the way you do with Kool-Aid? I'm talking sock yarn here, BTW, for a caffeine addict who's my best friend.

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Lissa
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Posted - 06/13/2005 :  09:15:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
Coffee is a stain, not a dye, so it will continue to fade until your item is just a yucky browny gray.

Lissa

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frogsrock
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Posted - 07/02/2005 :  05:59:58 AM  Show Profile Send frogsrock a Private Message
um well this isent yarn and didnt get washed or anything but....my grandmom was asked to make a black doll (cotton fabric) for her friends daughter and she had a bunch of cream skin fabric so she took the doll body (already sewn but not stuffed) and left it outside in a pan with lots of tea bags (and water)
the doll turned out great
but like i said i cant tell you how well it aged...
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celia
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Posted - 07/02/2005 :  10:49:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit celia's Homepage Send celia a Private Message
I think coffee may dye but you will have to use a mordant like all other natural dyes. I have no experience in this area as I have not got the space in my little kitchen to experiment with this.

celia



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umbaba
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Posted - 07/03/2005 :  12:41:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit umbaba's Homepage Send umbaba a Private Message
I've dyed mordanted superwash wool with coffee (boiled for awhile then the yarn was kept hot in the dye for one hour) and the color was dark and rich and so far lightfast but it hasn't been washed (in an afghan). It was difficult to wash the coffee grounds and smell out. I put it through the washing machine twice after leaving it out in the rain for a couple of rainy days - those days aren't hard to find in Oregon.

I like to have my yarn rinsed by the rain as it leaves it so soft.

...as soon as I finish this row

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Andy
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Posted - 07/05/2005 :  9:05:21 PM  Show Profile Send Andy a Private Message
I tried coffee well boiled, cooled and with vinegar and put fleece in but it did not take, just slightly stained in some areas of the fibers.
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