Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kool Aid for Grown Ups

Last week or so I read about someone using Kool Aid to dye wool in the crock pot.  I thought what a fun idea to do with a lot of this stark white lace I have laying around the house.  So I went to the store and for $1 got 8 packages of dye fun.  You have to watch what you buy because now some of the colors are "invisible."  In other words, it makes clear colored Kool Aid.  What fun is that?

Here's my results:


Three plates of some pretty colors.  Let's take it one at a time.


On this plate:  left hand side is orange.  Made a nice peachy color.  On the upper part of the plate is a mixture of grape and tropical punch.  Wouldn't you think that grape would give you a fabulous color?  After all, grape Kool Aid turns your mouth and tongue a bright purple and stains your clothes very nicely.  For dyeing lace -- UGH!  It was the ugliest color you ever saw.  Even mud looked better (g).  So an overdye with tropical punch and this is a much nicer color.


This plate is cherry.  The darker lace at the bottom was a hideous avacado green lace which I overdyed with the cherry.  It's looking much nicer now.  The other lace in the center that's kind of funny colored -- the jury's still out on that one.

And last but not least:  ice blue raspberry and lemon lime.  Both give a very pastel color.  I dyed rick rack, some perle 8 cotton (white) and various laces that I grabbed from a big bag my mom found at an estate sale.

I should mention this only works with natural fibers (cotton, silk, wool, etc.).  I tested a couple of nylon laces and the color washed out completely with a very small amount of water.  Even though this is dyed in the crock pot with some vinegar, there is still a lot of rinsing to get the color to stop running.  I don't know if it is totally colorfast now, but I would only trust it on something that is not going to get washed (like my crazy quilts). 

6 comments:

Karen said...

How fun! I want to take a day and do some fabric dying. I did some lace painting a while back but I want to dye some next. You got some great colors!!!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Oooo la la - pretties! That rust color will be perfect for something fallish! I've got egg dye in the closet someplace from about umpteen years ago was going to try...

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

Sure makes the boring lace all pretty and useable now! Thanks for the lesson!

Judy S. said...

Very clever! I like the pastels especially. You'd think they'd be pretty colorfast; at least I never was very successful at removing Koolaid spots! Onion skin will give you a great yellow.....

Ivory Spring said...

Oooo... this is super fun! Thanks for entering my giveaway.

Susan said...

Hi!
Thanks for the nice comment on my blog! It means the world to me. Your Kool-Ade dying looks fun. Have you done anything with all these pretty pieces of lace? I really like the idea of dying perle cotton!
Susan