Healing Handcrafting

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Kool Aid Yarn Dyeing Tutorial

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I’m doing a little research on how to easily dye wool with Kool-Aid in my daughter’s class. This is such a great and simple explanation, and I love that the class will get to watch the process over the course of the day! So fun! Thanks for this information!

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Someone asked that I detail the process for anyone who was interested in doing this at home, so here you go, Susie!


1 quart jar
2-4 packets of KoolAid in colors you like
white vinegar
undyed yarn (I used 1/2 of this: http://www.knitpicks.com/Bare+Peruvian+Highland+Wool+Yarn_YD5420101.html   for each of my students)


1. Wind your yarn into a very loose skein and soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes. This step makes sure all the yarn fibers are saturated and better able to accept the dye.

2. In the quart jar, mix the KoolAid powder with 1/4 c white vinegar and then fill the jar to the half way mark with warm water.

3. Put the sopping wet yarn into the jar.  If you want a more even dye, make sure the yarn does not get smooshed up against itself or the jar.  You may want to use…

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I am a psychologist and a fiber enthusiast. I have a deep interest in the healing effects of handcrafting, and its place in our common histories.

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