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27-02-2007
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oh oh! Well, we have been using Kool-Aid in class
Kool-Aid works well with protein-based fibers
like WOOL
It's permanent, so go ahead and try :p
It makes a nice smell and don't worry about using pots and pans that you normally use for cooking--they are non-toxic so it is absolutely safe

Very weird thinking about it,
People actually drink this stuff Kool-Aid

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I missed this thread!
interesting.

grape juice seems to work well.

I didn't even think about kool-aid being a dye...and people drink that stuff. scary!

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our samples w/ the kool-aid also came out a bit pale
and it's actually not very light-fast
so it might be prone to fading if you're not careful

although i have seen some people, like at crafster, dye with kool-aid and it came out bright

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what about beetroot??? i think that would work since everytime i get it stained on my clothes, it never comes off

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there are some really good books on this. one is called "wild color" i believe...

the main toxic element is the mordant, which is necessary to make the fabric colorfast. mordants are made from aluminum, copper, etc. so the flower or leaf that you use is most likely perfectly safe, but without mordant the color will wash right out of the material, and THERE'S the problem.

it's recommended that you dye outside or in a very well ventilated area.

if interested, i can try to find the exact info on that book.

good luck, have fun.

(ps: softgrey, i think some chemicals are particularly dangerous for birds, even when humans can't detect them...not sure but that's probably the cause for worry)

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^if you're worried about mordants, there are dyes that don't need mordants
they're called 'substantive dyes'
this is like tea 'staining' and using onion peel and turmeric... don't need no mordant

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wow- i missed this the first time around...
interesting stuff...

i guess wine would make a reasonably good dye...
or any type of grape juice or blueberry juice...etc...

*btw- rit dye does not produce any sort of odor and is not toxic in any way in my experience...
i don't think it would bother a parrot- unless you were planning to DYE the parrot...!!...


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yes wine makes a good dye.
giorgio brato is famous for using it in dyeing his leather.



wine dyed sneakers from harcsa A/W 07
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that sounds very interesting! I saw a video on youtube using coffee. i still have to try that out, but wine sounds interesting too! I do have a dress on which I spilled some wine...I never thought to dye it all in.
Great thread!

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Beet makes very good dye and it is actually one of the first dye being used in the history

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Turmeric is another one of those dyes that have been used for hundreds of years... It's very popular in Asia, particularly India. You might remember that a lot of Buddhist monks have their robes in this yellow Turmeric is what they use

Here's what a schoolmate of mine did few nights ago


We dyed raw silk, wool, linen, nylon and hemp

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I wanna try that...

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^nice

We just weighed our fabric and the dye amount is 30% of the weight of fabric
You can just guess if you like, and check to see if you're getting the shade you want

We scoured the fabric, boiled some water, put the fabric in the pot with the turmeric... When finished, we soaked it in some water with lemon juice for about half an hour to help fix the colour to the fabric. This is what they say they do in India
In time it will fade though, because turmeric is sensitive to light and alkali (soaps)

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haha.. i tried dying my friend's keffiya with coffee yesterday! it did not work?
any sugguestions to what mistake a made?

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hmm

maybe it was a synthetic fabric? polyester, etc.

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"botanical dyed" cotton stuff from haat (issey miyake inc) S/S 10

it seems that it's possible today for the colors to come out this way.


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