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So - I've searched and searched threads and links about dyeing with Kool-Aid. And maybe I'm just not getting it or am too scared!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But, I can't find any answers to my questions about dyeing PRE-MADE wraps, already existing soakers or longies that are off-white! I only see info about dying wool yarn. I've seen pics of Crats dyed, but no specific info!! I've posted a couple times, but no one answers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Don't cry for me....just help!! Ha, ha. So, my questions are regarding how to care for the wool and in what order to do all this dyeing and rewashing/lanolizing. All the instructions I come across involve boiled water or the microwave!! Won't this felt my things? How do I do this? Do I wash and lanolize afterwards? Use vinegar? PLEASE impart your wisdom!! Can you give me SPECIFIC instructions? (I'm just that type of person, sorry). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I have never dyed with kool-aid. I do, however, do a lot of dyeing. What causes wool to felt is moisture & agitation along with the heat. So your things will not felt if you agitate them VERY gently or not at all, until they are cold.
 

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<a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=140047" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=140047</a><br>
the who what where why wowow of koolaid dyeing.
 

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Yeah, thanks. I've found that thread and gone over it tooth and nail,trying to find the answers to my questions. Not trying to be snarky, but there are a lot of details missing here for the novice. Thanks, though.
 

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wash, then dye, then lanolize, then wash as needed<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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first, use a no-rinse lanolin-free wool wash like SOAK, to get out any lanolin that might be in the longies/cover/whatever. then dissolve 1 packet kool-aid per ounce of wool (weigh the longies/cover/whatever) plus an extra packet or three in about 1/4 cup vinegar. add the mixture to a pot of water big enough to hold the longies/cover/whatever, and mix well. Add the longies/cover/whatever, bring the mixture to a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let it sit there until the water is clear. then lanolize as usual and wash as necessary, re-lanolizing as necessary.
 

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We had sheep when I was a kid and we did lots of dyeing. I did a project for 4-H in which I dyed wool with Kool-Aid. I imagine that pre-made items would be the same as wool. I did a bowl of room-temperature water, with the Kool-Aid powder and a cup of vinegar to set the dye. Mix everything together, add the wool carefully (make sure you don't agitate!), let sit (time will vary depending on the color you want) and then very carefully remove. I would then sit in a collander in the sink and spray with room temperature water to rinse, let drain, and then spread it out to dry on wire racks. I imagine you could dye, say, wool soakers the same way.
 

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I use Wilton's paste dyes (made for frosting!). Very intense colors<br><br>
Paste dyes + water + vineagar<br>
bake 225 deg C, about 1/2 hour.<br>
Allow to cool slowly<br><br>
dye is absorbed into the fiber.<br><br>
no agitation, no thermal shocks, and everything will be fine!
 

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I'm not sure if you tried this yet, but I would ne very cautious about using boiling water or baking or agitating anything pre-made with wool. The key elements to felting wool (shrinking the fibers) are time, temp and agitation (you need HOT water and to agitate for long periods of time) and while any missing element will reduce the AMOUNT of felting you get, you will still get some which will affect your fit.<br><br>
You may run into problems with the natural lanolin in the wool resisting the dye. Maybe try stripping the lanlin out by soaking your diaper in room temperature h2o in a small amount of detergent, rinsing gently, dyeing, then re-lanolizing. hth! have fun with your projects <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I dye with koolaid in my kids workshops and we do not use boiling water. I use hot tap water and a glug or so of vinegar just in case. I would make sure your item is thoroughly wetted before adding to dye pot if you want the dye to take up evenly.
 

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I use the microwave. If your item is saturated with water, you take the dye bath and the item up to simmering point together (or nuke it in the microwave together) and you leave it in liquid until the liquid is completely cold, the chances of felting are slim. I tend to do most of my dyeing last thing at night, so that I can leave my stuff (in the exhausted dye bath) to cool down without being tempted to touch or agitate and can rinse in the morning.
 

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Most of your Q's have probably been answered, but to summarize:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Soak, dye, rinse/wash, relanolize. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Easy, huh?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">All the instructions I come across involve boiled water or the microwave!! Won't this felt my things?</div>
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As previously said, it won't felt if you don't touch it. Chuck it in, turn it on, let is cool, THEN touch it. Be patient.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can you give me SPECIFIC instructions? (I'm just that type of person, sorry). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Wash GENTLY in soap to remove lanolin - small amount of dish soap is good. Rinse, squeeze out water and then soak in water with a few glugs of vinager - it won't take long as your wool is already well saturated.<br><br>
Dye by your preferred method (see kool-aid post, I'm sure). Nuke/steam/simmer for however long you thing is good, then take out/turn off and let it cool by itself. DON'T TOUCH!!!<br><br>
Rinse well in cool water (some people use wool wash, but I just rinse) then relanolize.<br><br>
HTH. Good luck! It's addictive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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