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I have had so many rug hookers and wool lovers ask me about the process of hand-dyeing wools, that I thought it might be helpful to offer this illustrated example�u what's needed & how to do some simple dye bath dyeing. Keep in mind that this is the way I do it, but there are many other methods and ideas you can try. I encourage you to take the plunge if you've never tried dyeing wools before -- it is not difficult and doesn't have to be expensive. Once you try it, I am sure you'll want to experiment with other methods for different results. These instructions will help you to visualize the process and get you started -- after that you should feel comfortable with the whole process and more at ease when trying other methods.

Important Note: Never use any of the utensils or pots etc. for cooking that you use for dyeing - keep them separate and only use them for dyeing!
 
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Step 1: Gather Your Equipment

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Dye Pot: enamel (without any chips inside) or stainless steel pot
Acid-Reactive Dyes for Wool, such as Aljo or Cushing Acid Dyes
Dye Formulas (recipes)
100% Wool
Synthropol or wetting agent such as Jet Dry for dishwashers
Glass Jars
Measuring Spoons 1/32 tsp up to 1 teaspoon
Glass Measuring Cup
Tongs for Lifting Wet Wool
Plastic Fork or Small Whisk
Heavy Rubber Gloves
White Paper Towels
Uniodized Table Salt
White Household Vinegar
Protective Covering for Yourself & Your Work Surface

Hi, this is my first time trying to dye a 100% wool jacket. My boyfriend wants to be the Heath Ledger joker and he bought a dark army green jacket and we did some research as to try and lighten the jacket by using 3 gallons of hydrogen peroxide and to no avail the jacket did not come out lighter, So we attempted to use purple rit dye for the jacket and it ended up looking like a dark blueish black color with a hint of purple. Were trying to figure out what we can do to make the jacket into the color Heath Ledger used in the Dark Knight movie. I was told by a dry cleaner to try rit dye removal a few times and then try to redye the jacket again with a more brighter purple. Is there anything you can think of to help us out??

sunshiine3 years ago
Very nice Instructable! Thanks for sharing!
artquilter4 years ago
Great instructable! 
Strange that a 'wetting agent' can be manufactured with the name 'Jet Dry"...just sayin' is all.  :-)
Do you ever dye with koolaid?  I'd like to try some one day....I recycle wool from the junk shops and felt it so I can make rugs, but there's never enough orange, so I have plenty of natural wool I'd like to dye to fill that void.
SallyOH (author)  artquilter4 years ago
I personally have not used KoolAid to overdye, but I know lots who have and they are usually happy with the results. Just be sure to rinse the wool in your washing machine after the dye process. I just noticed in the sidebar http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Koolaid-Microwave-Wool-Dye-Technique/
these instructions for using KoolAid in the micro. I think I will check it out! It would be good to have a used microwave to use - although if you are only using KoolAid as the dye, it shouldn't hurt to use your kitchen microwave. If you are using commercial dyes - do not ever re-use the pots, tool, etc for food again!