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How to color yarn

How to dye yarn

Inspired by our own design ideas, needlewoman sometimes face the problem of selecting the desired color of yarn.

Or having a high-quality yarn has a pale color, which is due from her fashionable thing impossible.

In both cases the problem can be solved by painting their own yarn.

You will need

  • - Yarn (wool or down) -
  • - krasiteli-
  • - taz-
  • - acetic
  • - soda



Decide what you will be painting. Aniline dyes can be purchased at hardware stores. Keep in mind that only a well-painted yarns of wool or down, but the result of dyeing silk, cotton and paper and floss can not be predicted. In this case, first try to be a small amount of yarn. Besides specialized dyes, you can use food, for example, for coloring Easter eggs, soluble juices - Jupiter, Zuko, and others, as well as natural dyes -. Onion peel and oak bark, birch leaves, hibiscus tea, and more.


Wind the yarn into skeins free, length about 30cm. It is necessary to completely paint over yarn. Before painting soak cooked coils in hot water with the addition of soda (1 tablespoon per 10 liters), hold for 15-20 minutes, press, rinse in clean water and wring out again.


Dissolve the colorant in a small selectedthe amount of hot water, if necessary - strain. Pour the saturated solution in a basin of warm water, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and vinegar (90%). Water should be enough to yarn in it to float freely, or paint over it evenly. ink saturation should be determined "by eye": if the color is dark is needed, take the paint more if light - less. By blending dyes unusual colors can be obtained.


Lower yarn squeezed into a bowl and put it onlow heat. Carefully, so as not to confuse the yarn, stir it. Simmer for half an hour a coil, then remove it, add more water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and again lower the coil of the water. Cook for a further 1 hour. During this time, the water should brighten considerably if this does not happen - add another 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Remove the bowl from the heat and let the water cool down. Remove the yarn, rinse in warm water and dry in a natural way.


To get a skein of multicolored useanother way of painting. 2-3 Dissolve dye in small amounts of water in a separate beaker. Spread large package in any container, for example - in the tray, as ink may leak and it will be difficult to remove. On the package lay soaked and wrung yarn. Visually divide a skein into sectors and pour the dye so that the entire yarn was dyed. If you initially take 3 colors, then you should get more and more shades on confusion borders. Therefore, the color is better to take combined. Cover skein another package, all carefully roll and put the bundle in the third package. His strong tie. Dip the bag into the water and boil for 1-1.5 hours. Then let the water cool down, remove the skein, rinse it in water and vinegar, and then - in the net. Dry the yarn in a natural way.

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