Triple digits again!
I knew we were going to have another hot day, so I decided to do a little bit of fabric dyeing. I don’t like drying these dyed fabrics in the dryer because of the residue it is sure to leave behind. I decided to take advantage of the heatwave we are having. I hung the fabric on the line and they were dry in no time.
I did a little basic dyeing with Koolaid. The color of Koolaid is vibrant in the pitcher, but not so much on fabric. This project called for orange.
This was my basic procedure for dyeing a white chenille bedspread.
Mix two packets of unsweetened orange Koolaid, one packet of unsweetened strawberry Koolaid and one cup of vinegar with 2 quarts of water.
I precut smaller pieces of the bedspread, wet them down with water and submerged as many as would fit comfortably in the dye bowl. After moving them around until I was sure they were well saturated, I put the bowl in the microwave and heated for 10 minutes on high. I then let the fabric sit in the dye for 20 minutes longer.
I rung out each of the pieces and hung them on the line to dry. Note: I did not rinse them before drying. From previous experience with Koolaid, the color will drain out during rinsing. The pieces were for craft projects, so I wasn’t too concerned about bleeding later on. Btw, it is also probably a good idea to wear rubber gloves for this process.
Uhm…yep, I’ll admit it, I didn’t have any and decided to go ahead anyway. BIG mistake. I think my skin is oranger (I’m pretty sure that’s a word) than the dyed fabric.
This is what I made with my Koolaid dyed chenille. These pumpkin lights were made with repurposed electric Christmas candle sticks. When the article/tutorial is published, I will post the link.
During this heatwave, I tried to work inside as much as possible. I also completed this box of primitive Halloween cats. They were made using wool from old suits from the 50s. Ya just gotta love cheap craft supplies.
These spool peg racks also got finished.
Again, when the articles/tutorials are published I will post the links.
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