Sunday, April 6, 2008

Dyeing Wool With Easter Egg Dye

With all the Easter egg dyeing kits left over after Easter, I decided to use some to try my hand at dyeing wool yarn.

I decided to try using the microwave for dyeing this time.

I didn't want to have to unwind the skein and then rewind later, so I decide to try dyeing it as it came from the store!

I soaked the yarn in water with a drop of dish detergent for 30 minutes, then rinsed it out.

I put the dye pellet in 3 tablespoons of vinegar.

I wanted to do red, white, and blue yarn, so I did red and blue dye.

After the dye pellets had dissolved, I added ½ cup of water to each cup.

I poured the blue dye on one end and the red on the other.

Next, I cooked the yarn in the microwave on high for 2 minutes and then let it cool for 2 minutes. I repeated this again.

On the bottom, the blue and red had run together, so instead of red, white, and blue, I had red, purple, and blue. So I decided to flip the yarn over to get the white dyed, too. I cooked and rested 2 more times.

Here is the top side.

Here is the bottom side.


tatt3r said...

I think your yarn turned out very well! Are you making more soakers?

Amy :) said...


I can totally tell you're a teacher... with all your blog posts with photos & step-by-step directions as to how you made things. I like it! :)

Amy :)

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