Introduction: How-to Dye Yarn With Easter Egg Colors

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So many dyes, so little time! Did you know that you can dye yarn with regular ole Easter Egg dyes? Yep! Not the fancy-schmancy new dyes out there but just plain-jane Paas which is made with food coloring. I was actually surprised at how vivid the yarn turned out! Beautiful, bright colors that you can dye in your kitchen using your everyday dishes. No chemicals to worry about. And this is a fun and safe project for kids, too!

Step 1: Supplies

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-Easter Egg Dyes (made with food coloring)

-Wool Yarn (must be animal fiber i.e. sheep, alpaca, etc) I used 1 skein and divided it into 5 mini skeins.

-Canning Jars (one per color)


-White Vinegar

-Microwave or Oven (for oven: need roasting pan or casserole dish for water bath)

Step 2: Dyeing

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Place the skeins of yarn in very warm water to soak for about 20 or 30 minutes. This allows for more even dyeing of solid colors.

In the meantime, add about 3 Tablespoons of vinegar to each canning jar. Add one dye tablet and 1 cup of warm water per jar. Stir to dissolve the dyes. Carefully remove the yarn from the water and squeeze out excess. Submerge 1 mini skein in each jar of dye. Gently push it down but don’t stir or the yarn might felt.

Step 3: Heat Setting

Microwave Method: Microwave each jar on high for 1 minute at a time, 3 minutes total. If the water boils, try the medium setting. CAUTION! Jar will be very hot! Oven Method: Place the jars in a roasting pan or casserole dish large enough to fit all jars. Add about 1″ of water to the dish and place the jars in the water. Bake at 200 degrees for about 1 hour. The dyes do not have to fully exhaust for the color to set.

Step 4: Finishing

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Allow the jars to cool completely, then gently remove the yarn and rinse it with room temperature water to remove any excess dyes. Hang to dry.

I love the rainbow of colors! Try combining them to get different shades.

Have fun!


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vinz3nt (author)2015-03-12

great idea. I used something similar once to color wooden blocks for small children, works well.

Did you know Paas is a Dutch word derived from pasen which means easter? We call the easter bunny paashaas in Dutch which actually translates to easter hare (makes sense??)

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