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SerMom
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Posted - 12/28/2004 :  8:20:26 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
Does anyone know if there's a way to remove food colouring from fibre? Like if you use too much, or you don't like the colour, or whatever. I'm thinking particularly of the dark colours, whcih would be difficult to over-dye.

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Boogie
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  04:56:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
I've never been successful removing the stuff. I try to wear the same clothes each time when Im using the stuff. It's that darn acid in there. Maybe someone else has a good idea.

amy
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truly violet
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  08:21:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I think with fiber the only way would be to card in some other color like a natural cream or something
I don't remember if there is a dye remover that Dharma has
not for acid based dyes anyway
I know if you try bleach a protein fiber will just disinegrate
(don't try this at home, but I over did it on silk one time and tried the bleach......... well it wasn't pretty)
vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  09:05:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
If it's kool-aid you're using specifically, see if there's a help line on the packaging. Call and ask them what stain removers to use (they don't need to know the "stain" is on yarn....)

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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Spinnerella
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  09:55:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Spinnerella's Homepage Send Spinnerella a Private Message
The color in Kool Aid is exactly the same chemical dye that is in commercial acid dyes only in smaller concentrations. Oh, doesn't THAT just make you want to rush and make a pitcher to serve with dinner?! But, if you have ever tried to remove K-A from anything, you know how hard it is. Rit or someone makes a color remover, but I think it's more for removing dye that has migrated in the washer (like red to white underwear...) and not to remove color from something you are dying. I hate to be discouraging, but I don't think it's going to happen....you may be stuck with the dark color.

Marcia
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fmarrs
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  10:27:07 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
Rit does make a dye remover to be used before overdying. It makes your fabric a sort of dirty white and then you redye over it. I've only used it with cotton.

fran, who used the same cotton bedspread for 12 years in 5 different colors.
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SerMom
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Posted - 12/29/2004 :  1:10:40 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
I've got the Rit stuff, but I've been afraid to try it. I guess I should just bite the bullet and do a small amount of yarn to see what happens. But not today. Today, I've barely managed to stick my head out from under the covers.

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Maia
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Posted - 04/23/2005 :  10:12:07 AM  Show Profile Send Maia a Private Message
I love that the person who titled this thread quotes Shakespeare in a knitting forum! Thread-titler, you rock.
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SerMom
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Posted - 04/23/2005 :  2:42:53 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Maia

I love that the person who titled this thread quotes Shakespeare in a knitting forum! Thread-titler, you rock.

Gee, Philippa, I'm gonna have to do the 'gawrsh' routine again, and I've just put the sock back on. (see this thread).

Barbara
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Deni
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Posted - 04/26/2005 :  06:12:04 AM  Show Profile Send Deni a Private Message
It might be too difficult to work with on a whole skein (or multiple skeins), but there's something called Discharge Paste at Dharma Trading. http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1574-AA.shtml

It says it works on natural fibers, including silk, and it will remove acid dyes.
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