Dying Fabric

Hand Dying Cross stitch fabric ...


Kool Aid:


Supplies:
*Plastic wrap to cover countertop

*Kool Aid or drink mix (unsweetened)

*cups or small bowls to mix kool aid in

*hot water

*plastic gloves

*paper towels

*fabric - my first was simple white Aida cloth

Gather supplies and set up your area.
Layer paper towels on top of plastic wrap. Mix kool aid with hot water in cup or small bowl - be sure kool aid is completely dissolved.

Spread fabric on layer of paper towels and wearing gloves, dip wadded paper towel into first color and dab onto fabric in random pattern.

Some colors work better than others. I found yellow and red to be the best, blue didn't work too well for me. Your fabric will look darker than the finished product so be generous.

When you're satisfied, rinse briefly in cold water and lay on a dry layer of paper towels to dry. Remember, this is not an item that can NOT be washed after you finish stitching on it. You will probably want to iron it but also remember that the dye may come off on your ironing board and/or your iron. I put an old towel on my ironing board, sprayed lightly with water and then cleaned my iron after I was finished.

Doesn't show up as well in the picture as I'd like, but the cross stitch below was stitched on white fabric dyed with kool aid. Click on the picture to go to the chart.




Coffee:

Supplies:
*Plastic wrap to cover countertop
*Coffee AND coffee grounds
*paper towels
*fabric - my first was simple white Aida cloth

Gather supplies and set up your area.
Layer paper towels on top of plastic wrap.

Spread fabric on layer of paper towels and dab with coffee the same as above. That didn't give me sufficient color so I rubbed coffee grounds into the fabric and allowed it to dry WITH the grounds still on it.

After it's dry, clean off the coffee grounds and rinse (carefully) briefly with cold water.

Allow to dry again on a layer of paper towels.

Remember, this is not an item that can NOT be washed after you finish stitching on it. You will probably want to iron it but also remember that the coffee may come off on your ironing board and/or your iron. I put an old towel on my ironing board, sprayed lightly with water and then cleaned my iron after I was finished.

Again, doesn't show up as well in the picture as I'd like, but the cross stitch below was stitched on fabric dyed with coffee. Click on the picture to go to the chart.



I started with some scrap pieces and just experimented - have fun!

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