What you will need:
- undyed yarn/top/fibre/scoured fleece
- three different coloured powder dyes. I'm using Kool-Aid today because that's all I have at home. But you can use any acid based dyes or food colourings.
- a frying pan or shallow cooking pot, or electric frying pan.
- a pair of tongs (if you don't want dyeing your fingers too, or burn them!)
- a pair of rubber gloves
- a plastic spoon (mine gives a perfect measure of 5g/0.18oz of powder)
- white vinegar
- dish washing liquid
- a colander for draining
- a bucket for soaking and rinsing
- a water jug for adding water if needed
1. Weigh your dry material. The ratio for powdered dye and undyed material is 1:10. For example I'm using 100g of yarn, so I need 10g of dye all together. The 3 packets of Kool-Aid is roughly 10g.
2. Tie your yarn in several places to prevent tangling during the process. If you're using fibre top or scoured fleece you don't need to tie them. (N.B. make sure you don't tie too tightly if you don't want rings of undyed spots where the ties had been)
4. Drain the yarn/fibre/fleece to get rid of excess water. Your undyed material should be thoroughly wet but not dripping.
5. Add some water to the pan, not too much because you don't want to submerge the material. Then add a dash of dish washing liquid and a dash of vinegar. - can you see the dish washing liquid in the pan? No need to mix or stir.
9. After 10 (or 15) minutes turn off the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes. The picture below is after cooking.
Of course you can use any colour combination, last week one of my classmates only used 2 colours (purple and pine green) and the result was stunning. You can also do this in a microwave or an oven, but I haven't tried those methods yet. Knitting-And.com has a post on rainbow dyeing using pre-mixed dye in which you mix the dyes into liquid and pour over the undyed yarn, the result is the same. On reflection I think you can use just one colour and you might get different shades of the same colour or have an semi-solide effect. In fact next time I might do just that :)
Now it's your turn to have fun with Rainbow Dyeing, please do show us what you have created :)
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P.S. Last week someone asked how I got the dark denim blue colour from Kool-Aid, well that's a mix of grape and blueberry, interesting result isn't it :)