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Ok, I've got the yarn, and the dye I have is the dharma procion fiber reactive stuff. Can I use this? I really don't want to do anything that involves boiling as I KNOW I'll accidently felt this wonderful yarn. This is the only dye I have right now, but if I HAVE to go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby to get Jacquard I will. LMK if there's any possiblity of using what I already have and how to do it w/o ruining a pot and felting my yarn... thanks!!<br><br><span style="font-size:x-large;"><b>See my blog for pics of the final result!!</b></span>
 

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Yes, you can use fibre-reactive dyes on yarn and wool. However, you need heat and vinegar to make the colour take, so you'll ruin a pot anyhow. Basically, add half a cup of vinegar to the dye bath and mix your f/r dyes and apply as desired.
 

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If you're willing to go out for dyes anyhow, why not just get some Wilton's paste food colours? You just use them with white vinegar and you definitely won't ruin a pot!<br><br>
Also, from what I've heard the fiber reactive dyes take a little oddly to wool (or maybe I'm mis-remembering!).
 

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I'm pretty sure you have to use heat, no matter what dyes you use. But, you don't really boil the wool, it's more like simmering <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I was terrified the first time too...but as long as you don't move it around too much in the dye bath, and let it cool before you rinse it, it will work out just fine!
 

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So how can I hand paint it then? From what I read with the heat method its a dip method right? I guess my thought was to lay out the yarn and use a squirter to put the dye right where I want...<br><br>
BUT now that you mention the food color stuff, I think I still have some easter egg tablets undissolved! Just not sure I want that bright of colors, but I can super dillute those to make them lighter, right?
 

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Even if you paint the yarn, it will still need heat. You take the wet yarn (but not sopping- squeeze it out a bit), lay it out, and apply the colors where you want. Then roll it up in saran wrap and you can heat it in the microwave or drop the wrapped up rolls in a hot pot of water or steamer. Pretty much any method of dyeing wool involves heat, but with it wrapped up you will be less likely to get felting.
 

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Ok, so we'll see if it works. I ended up using egg color stuff. I let the yarn soak in vinegar and water first for a couple hours, then got rid of the excess water. I then put the ends in two glass jars with the color (water and vinegar) and left it for about 5 hours. I then put it all into a single jar and microwaved for a couple minutes (first at 50% heat, then up to 100%- like a total of 2.5 minutes... wasn't sure how long to do it.) Finally I rinsed it once cooled and now its drying. Hopefully it'll work! Its beautiful colors if it works!!!!
 

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And so???? Success????<br><br>
Curious minds want to know! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I've used a crockpot successfully, also. And I could have a dedicated insert since my outer bit was recalled, but they didn't have me mail back the defective one. So now I have two inserts for the new pot.<br><br>
You might be able to find a crockpot cheaply at Goodwill.
 
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