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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
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!