Novice Yarn Dyeing

I needed Lime Green. Not a color I expected to need much of, but my crochet journey led me to flowers. Of course flowers have leaves that are lime green and my local craft stores didn’t have any. I did happened upon Lime Green Tulip brand Fabric Dye in the clearance section. Light Bulb!

I have asked the internet if you can dunk a skein of yarn with a cardboard insert straight into the dye, but so far I have not found the answer. I am afraid that the cardboard will disintegrate and eventually cause the whole thing to rot. Better safe, than sorry.

I purchased DNC traditions in white (because that is what they had). The internet said to unwind the skein. I used the wind around the arm to elbow method. I cut six small pieces of yarn to tie at different points along the yarn circle. Supposedly this is supposed to keep it from tangling. More on that later.

I followed the directions on the package.

  1. Fill tub with one gallon steaming hot water.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup of salt.
  3. Pour in dye packet and stir until dissolved.
  4. Submerge fabric in dye mixture.
  5. Stir continually for 15 minutes, and then occasionally for 45 minutes.
  6. Rinse fabric in cold water. Wash in warm water and let air dry away from direct heat and sunlight.

As you can see the color turned out great.IMG_7856

It took a couple of days for the yarn to fully dry. I thought the winding would be a breeze. Boy was I wrong. It took me more days to have the patience to wind it than it did to dry. The thread did change consistency. It’s piling a little bit more and it’s harder, but all I need it is for leaves that are going to be on display.

Lime Green Vine Leaf (pattern by Leticia LeBron of Flawless Crochet Flowers)


The Next Step

Just because I complain that it took me so long to wind, doesn’t mean I won’t try again. I can’t seem to find any dark pink either. 🙂



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