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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Don't Clean Your Cupboards.....

...If you don't want to dye....

I found a couple of bottles of tan Rit Dye in the cupboard last week when I was cleaning...They have been there for maybe 5 to 10 years. 

I just ran out of my dyed thread, so I decided, since I had it, I should use it..

If you have never dyed thread or yarn, it is a long drawn out process.  First I had to unwind the ball of thread.  Thankfully, I had a couple of these yarn winders.  Or in this case, unwinders.  If you decide that you need one, I recommend this type that clamps to a table.  My other one is on a weighted base...It still moves around.

In case you didn't notice, Tessie is in her usual place on one of the arms.  Every time I get one of the yarn winders out, she thinks "amusement park".

Also, every time I tell her not to do it and she does it anyway....Then comes the dizziness and headaches.

Here you see the thread prepped for dying.  I tied it in four places, while it was still on the winder.  That way when I put it in the dye, it doesn't get all tangled up and unusable. 
Here it is after 15 minutes in the spaghetti pot...I had to leave it in for at least half an hour and stir it quite often. 

About half way through, I remembered what I did last time to avoid the yellow-y, color. 

Left over morning coffee does the trick.
Here it is after about 45 minutes.  The color at the top of the photo is more the real color than the front part. 

It still needs to dry.  It will be a bit lighter after that. 

That gave me the bug.  Next time I go to Walmart I will have to check for dark brown and dark green. 

Once the thread is dry, I will put it back on the winder and roll it back into a ball to work from.

I am all excited.  New wicker.   New(old) color.

See you tomorrow.

6 comments:

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Turned out great. I bought some Rit Dye, but haven't used it yet. It is waiting for me to get the urge ;-D

mcddiss said...

menudo trabajo , pero seguro que quedaras satisfecha con los resultados

besitos

Mari

Jody B. Raines said...

Beautiful color. And Tessie seems to like it.

Rosamargarita said...

Hola Casey, el traductor no funciona bien.
Es tinte o es café de beber?
Un abrazo
GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

Caseymini said...

Rosamargarita, It was one bottle of Rit Dye, color tan,following the instructions on the bottle. I added a couple of cups of leftover coffee to it about half way through the dying process. That was to make the color more brown/gold than yellowish.

Rosamargarita said...

Gracias por la aclaración Casey!
Un abrazo
GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación