Monday, September 29, 2008
How to Over~dye cotton yarn for Oxford Punch Needle
I've been trying out my oxford punch needle and purchased some "Sugar & Cream" cotton yarn. It comes in too bright of colors for my liking so out with the rit dye and my crock pot. If you like primitive you might want to give this a try!
This is what it looks like before it hit the dye pot. I just unwound some of the skein and tied some together at the top...
You will want to start heating your crockpot with water on high then just pour in some rit dye....I don't measure I just pour in about 1/4 of the bottle....I add more as I need it. I also add in just a tad bit of salt or vinegar to set the color in!
While I'm waiting for my dye pot to get good and warm...I continue getting my yarn ready and let it soak in some clean water.
When I'm ready to dye my cotton yarn I just twist it good and tight.
I then dip it down into the pot. After I dipped it in I set part of it on the edge of the rim and let a portion of the yarn stay in the dye to give it more of a variegated look.
I rinse it a couple of times in clean water then I let it dry.
Now doesn't that look nice and prim!
Here it is side by side....bright to prim! Give it a try today it is a fun and simple way to prim up your cotton yarn.