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Hi all!

I have never hand dyed wool before, so I am not sure if there is a procedure for using procion dyes versus Kool-Aid. I would like to do variegated, so I can't soak it all in a vat like the instructions say. Do I need to microwave like Kool-Aid? Or just paint it on and leave it for the soak time and then rinse?

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Mix the dyes like kool-aid with vinegar. Squirt on yarn, microwave, let sit for about 12 hours. Just be forewarned, procion colors don't always turn out the same on wool as they do cotton. Sometimes a deep blue can end up purple, or dark green will end up blue.
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Mix the dyes like kool-aid with vinegar. Squirt on yarn, microwave, let sit for about 12 hours. Just be forewarned, procion colors don't always turn out the same on wool as they do cotton. Sometimes a deep blue can end up purple, or dark green will end up blue.
Great...thank you! I am not too worried about the color - just experimenting.
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: i thought it said on the dharma site that you should use acid dyes for wool yarn? and that proticin is too strong? anyone try both? i only have done koolaid and acid on yarn, but protin seems liker it would last loner.
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I have also read that procion dyes are not the best for wool.
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No they aren't "best" for wool, but they do work just fine and seem to actually hold up better against urine. Acid dyes were made for use on wool, and you get a more true color with them, but they sometimes discolor or fade more rapidly with repeated contact with urine. I use both types of dye on my yarn simply b/c there aren't as many colors in acid dye as there are in Procion.
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I used to exclusively use procion and tit works great. Now I use mostly acird dyes, and I love the richer, deeper colors with them But, it's taken me a LONG tiem to get good enough at dyeing to be able to skillfully mix the acid dye colors to get the shades I want, whereas procion you can pretty much buy whatever shade you want.
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that's funny, b/c I generally mix my procion dyes to tweak the color to be just right and I don't really mess with mixing the acid dyes :LOL :LOL
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Here is a good link. She uses acid dyes, but everything is the same for procion dyes. She also uses acetic dyes which has a higher acidity than vinegar so you require less of it than if you were using vinegar. Check out the rest of the site. She has got some good info.
http://gfwsheep.com/rov.inst/rov.inst.html

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She has got some good info.
http://gfwsheep.com/rov.inst/rov.inst.html

Enjoy!
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omg now i want to spin yarn lol lol
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