Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Coloring Fibers

Thought it would be a fun project with the kids to colorize some yarn.

It was very easy. I used this instruction.

I wanted to create matching balls of sock yarn. So I wound two strands into each skein.

This is what I did.

--Wash the yarn with some dishwashing soap to remove any oils.
--Rinsed, left wet, and put into a shoe box.
--Mixed up colors (green, blue, orange). With Easter egg dye tablets, I used half tablets and later added the other half. I should get 6 shades of color plus any color blends.
--Spooned dots of color on both sides of the yarn. Then stripes of blue.
That's when I realized I forgot to add vinegar. So I added vinegar to the dyes and worked it into the yarn.
(I still forgot the salt)
--I had some dye left over. So I diluted the green with a cup of water and worked it into the yarn.
--I dyed a new skein of yarn with the leftover colors. Half orange, half blue.
--Cooked the yarns in the microwave at 2 minute intervals. (Twice)
--Wrung out the water and put it on a rack to dry.

My son loves the 3-color yarn. He say it looks like the sea with the dark colors as seaweed and the orange as fish. It is named...

~~~ Ocean ~~~

The 2-color yarn should be mini stripes for a pair of toddler socks.


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