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Ceil
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Posted - 02/28/2014 :  8:26:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't get Kool-Aid to run, not even red. Anyone have an explanation?

Ceil
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Ceil
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Posted - 03/25/2014 :  9:52:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I've done it again: overdyed some wool yarn with really red cake dye, and the color is amazingly fast with no bleeding. I really tested the process by putting almost 600g of yarn in what I think is a 12-quart dyepot! Oddly, the same yarn in a darker color bled like mad. It took simmering it in a lot of vinegar to get it to stop.

No one seems to have an answer to my first post on this thread, so I will ask again: What's so hard about getting red dye to "stick"?

Ceil
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azblueskies
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Posted - 03/26/2014 :  07:23:54 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's been awhile since I've dyed but I recall trying for red and instead getting splotchy pink. Hope someone has an answer for you, Ceil.

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Ceil
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Posted - 03/27/2014 :  9:27:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, really? I've gotten a wonderful red, and it doesn't bleed!

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azblueskies
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Posted - 03/28/2014 :  07:15:41 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not positive but I think I had used Jacquard Acid Dye. Probably didn't use enough. I've used Kool-Aid and can't remember having any problems with that. It's been too long since I've experimented. I really need to retire.

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 03/31/2014 :  08:24:09 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Kool-Aid possibly did not run because it has either citric or acetic acid in it, or something like that, I can't remember. I've heard the acid acts as a mordant, and binds the dye chemically to the fibers, so: less bleeding. Not sure what's going on with the cake dye. I'm not a dyer... yet. I've felt the pull lately, so I've been reading, but I don't know much yet.

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