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How to Dye Wool Yarn with Coffee, Tea, and Turmeric

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I recently came into possession of a white ball of wool yarn, and I thought to myself, "Huh, how boring!" So I decided I would try my own attempt at dying yarn. I've never dyed yarn before so I started to do a lot of internet research, and what I found included a lot of crazy toxic dyes, all of which weren't readily available to me. But then I stumbled across this site: http://www.pioneerthinking.com/naturaldyes.html

It lists a bunch of natural ingredients and what colors they make. For the first time I was starting to think that this will be doable.

What you'll need:
Water
Vinegar
Coffee
Tea
Turmeric
Some bowls
A ball of white wool yarn
 
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Step 1:

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First you are going to want to unwind your ball of yarn then tie one end (or both) with a piece of yarn.
annabenson64 months ago
I really like the pattern on the hat u made
hereistandi9 months ago
Thank you for your tutorial. I like to dye with natural things and I have everything you used. I will try the turmeric soon. As for your dilemma about the tea, SKILLZMCFLY said in her blog that she sets the dye with the heat of the microwave. I have used heat as well when I add the color and as long as I do not agitate the ingredients, my wool stays unfelted. I hope that helps rosy up your yarn. Thanks again.
ChrysN1 year ago
Thanks for posting this. It also works rally well with cotton yarn too. I dyed mine with turmeric which gave a beautiful yellow colour.
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A big part of why the color washed out with this experiment is because you let all the dye baths cool. Any coloring needs heat to bond with the fibers in the yarn. As long as you don't agitate the yarn while it's in the dye bath, it shouldn't felt. Also, not all natural dyes will bond without a mordant.
sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks for sharing! My mom always used this method.
Sunshiine
joechacon982 years ago
Very nice! It reminds me of the old days when people used plants and such to add colors. I remember in grade school we dyed eggs with blueberries and cranberries. Perhaps that would work on the yarn as well?

Here are some neat links:

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/EasterEggDye.htm

http://www.pioneerthinking.com/crafts/crafts-basics/naturaldyes.html

Great job!
canucksgirl2 years ago
Very nice instructable. There is plenty to learn from the old ways of doing things. From my recollection, the pioneers also used berries to get shades of red or pink and used flowers and leaves for many additional colors.

Great job!
The yellow from the turmeric is stunning. Very nice!