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Posted - 06/20/2005 :  09:45:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit elspethm's Homepage Send elspethm a Private Message
What other dyes have people used on yarn? I was thinking about using hair dye since I have a couple. Any tips?


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Posted - 06/20/2005 :  11:30:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
Ugh - I wouldn't use hair dye. There is a whole array of commercial acid dyes that are used to dye wool and silk, and fiber-reactive dyes for plant fibers (cotton, linen, etc.) Most people recommend Dharma Trading Company as a good source of both dyes and information.


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Posted - 06/26/2005 :  6:07:52 PM  Show Profile Send KS a Private Message
I guess you could use hair dye on protein fibers (wool, alpaca,etc). Hair is a protien fiber. The color on my hair fades some though & the dye I use on my yarn doesn't. It does get treated a bit differntly though. I wash my hair every morning. I don't wash my wool yarn every day.

Recently, I've been using fiber reactive dyes (Procion dyes) on everything. It will work on silk, but it's not the best. I like it because I can use soda ash & salt on cellulose fibers & vineger & salt on protein fibers with the fiber reactive dyes. You use them like acid dyes on protien fibers. That means heating them on some sort of burner.

In a perfect world, I would use acid dyes on protein fibers & fiber reactive dyes on cellulose fibers. I don't because I don't do a high enough volume of either to justify keeping both around.

I second Dharma Trading as a supplier & a source for information.
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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  05:33:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
I'm a fan of procion dyes. They're not all that expensive and, considering the work we put into spinning and/or knitting, it's well worth it to know that the finished product will be the color I want and will be color-fast.
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