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Hello,<br>
My local grocery stores have very few kool-aid colors. What else can I use? I think our Michaels might have Wilton cake dyes. How do they compare in price and color options? I missed out on the after-Easter egg dye sales. Has anyone tried the food colorings available on Ebay? I tried natural mineral dyes, and they didn't work.<br>
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I just bought a dye starter kit from Dharma online (dharmatrading.com) I havent used it yet, but the dye they sell is the same as that which pburch.net reccomends for dying and also Dharma was reccomended to me here on MDC.<br><br>
I also did a dye experiment a few days ago with food coloring (the kind you get w/ the frosting and cake supplies at the grocery store) and vinegar. It didnt work for me but that is because I only had cotton available to dye (kool aide wouldnt work for cotton either). I used this tutorial: <a href="http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/fooddyes.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/fooddyes.shtml</a> which says its great for silk and wool but not for cotton. It was fun though even if it did wash right off because we had the wrong materials. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Coudl you tell me which kit you bought? I was looking at the Dharma kits today, but it wasn't obvious to me which would be best for animal fibers.<br>
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I have used food coloring, kool-aid, and acid dyes. Koolaid is super fun and the kids can help. It's hard to get away from the bright candy colors, though.<br><br>
Acid dyes when used properly can have SO many options and it takes some experimentation. I have the Jacquard ones.
 

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There are lots of juices, spices, etc you can use. Just make sure it isn't frozen.
<ul><li>Trader Joe's (TJ) raspberry = mauve</li>
<li>TJ concord grape = dark purple</li>
<li>just black cherry juice = mahogany brown</li>
<li>TJ pomagrant = brown</li>
<li>cranberry = red brown</li>
<li>TJ blueberry = violet browns</li>
<li>tea = yellow tan</li>
<li>tumeric = splendid gold</li>
<li>beets = pink</li>
<li>apple and eve grape juice = soft lilac</li>
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This is a list of stuff I've tried.
 
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