Sunday, February 8

Wiltons dye tutorial

Ok, first off going to say that this dye method is referred to as crock pot, dyeing or immersion dyeing, I am doing this low water.


The original yarn color. Yes it is a really pretty and rather dark, bright blue teal (actual name is Too Teal) like color. I just have a strong dislike for evenly dyed yarns...


Now most tutorials will tell you that you need to let the yarn presoak, and this is true if you a more even color. Since I am specifically going for UNeven, I am skipping this step and the dye will be the first water to hit this yarn! Though I am adding 1/4 a cup of vinegar at this point.


This is wilton's royal blue. Now I used to have issues mixing the colors in the water without getting little blobs colorant in the bottom. The way I fixed this is by actually spreading the gel on the side of the glass as thin as possible then pouring boiling water into the glass. If you can get it really thin, you don't even need to stir the water.


As you can see the water level doesn't even cover the yarn. This allows for very uneven colors. After this I turned on the heat to low and left it until the dye exhausted (the water was clear). I then picked up the yarn by one of the skein ties and rearranged it and repeated with black.

End result:



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9 comments:

Aunt Kathy said...

I love it... never thought about re-dyeing an already colored yarn. I love Patons wool too, hmm wonder what colors I have left I can play with

AR said...

That is so pretty!! Good job, and thanks for the info.

Wendy said...

Very cool method. I've never thought of this. What an awesome turn out!

erika~ the inspired mama said...

it is beautiful! what will you knit with it?

thanks for stopping by and entering my giveaway! good luck :)

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erika

km said...

I hopped over here from the Grocery Cart Challenge, but had the distinct feeling I'd been here before. I scrolled through old posts until I came to this one...and remembered Anne linked to you. Such a small world. I'm "dyeing" to try this. I really want some DIC to knit a FLS, but it's not in the budget. I think I could over dye some Patons in my stash just enough to give it that variegated look. Thanks for posting your tutorial...and I'm adding you to my bloglines.

Tea said...

Hi, I was searching for a tutorial on dyeing with Wilton and found this tutorial. Thank you! Your yarn is beautiful!

mackanzy said...

This is such a cool idea! I love it. Thanks for sharing!

Gabrielle said...

Great idea and perfect instructions! I have a lot of Paton's Classic Wool in solid colors, but love uneven colors. I make a lot of wool soakers, and love the look of an uneven color! I think my crock pot is going to get a work out, other than cooking food. Thanks for this!

Melody said...

Love this ! I have a bunch of that gel dye just sitting around in my kitchen. Now I know what to do with it. Thanks for idea and such a great tutorial. Question for you....does this dye your crockpot at all? I'm assuming they are still food safe, correct?