Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dying to Get the Right Color

Living in a rural area does have it’s downfall. Not often does the store have the colors you need. Not to mention the yarn companies, if you were to order online. The closest Hobby Lobby is a little over an hour away and we just don’t make the trip often enough. When we recently did, I looked for yarn and thread while I was up there. I wanted to purchase colors that I knew I would need. Sadly, I didn’t find them.

A few years back, I used a strong pot of coffee to dye some yarn. The yarn would be used to make a bear for a challenge that I was involved in. You can read about it here. But, coffee only comes in one color. So it is hard to use coffee to get the colors you need. And even when using the coffee, the color isn’t guaranteed to stay. I know people have used kool aid. I haven’t tried this method yet, but do plan to. Just think of the colors that can be achieved!

Well, I went to our local Walmart and picked up a box of dye. I didn’t expect it to work as well as it did. My son and oldest daughter even helped! The first color… orange. My son was so happy with the results. He wants an orange bear made for him and the color was exactly the color he wanted it to be. He even asked if I have thread left, if I would save it for his bear. I love it when kids are just as excited as you are in a craft!

Since, I’ve dyed to get purple and even yellow. I am satisfied with the results. I could possibly have every color of the rainbow now! Fun colors… great bears (or other projects)!

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