Using iDye Jacquard Dye for Roving! :D

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Using iDye Jacquard Dye for Roving! :D

Post by NeonAddiction » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:59 am

Here is a quick tutorial for how I used iDye to dye Merino Roving! :D

It was very easy, and the color is VERY VIBRANT! I will update more colors once I do them today! :D

The ingredients I used was:
3 yards (9Feet) of high quality Merino Pure roving.
About 1 cup of distilled vinegar
About 1/2 tablespoon of Chartreuse iDye Natural Fabric

This was my first ever attempt at dying wool, and was more of a test than anything. I followed the basic wool dying instructions that are on this site!

First, I dumped the roving into a bowl with lukewarm water, to soak, then slowly added in warmer water to not shock it too much!
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Here are some pictures of the iDye, and the actual packet, the actual powder looks DARK orange powder form, and I was worried its wasn't chartreuse, but it was!
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I then got a old pot, filled it about 3/4s full with warm water, dumped in about 1/2 a tablespoon of powder dye, stirred it, then poured in the vinegar. I stirred it up again, and it turned a very emerald color! The packet states that the whole pack is enough for 3-4 pounds of fabric, and the tutorial on here stated that usually 1 table spoon is for 1 pound, but since I don't have a scale, I guesstimated that 1/2 tablespoon wouldn't be TOO much, or TOO little.
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I then slowly dumped in the wet/saturated roving!
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I used a chopstick to gently poke the roving around, so it wouldn't felt too much! I set my stove to about 5, which is medium! And let it heat up for about 40 minutes stirring gently every so often.
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During the last 10 minutes, I got side tracked on the computer, and didn't watch the pot, and it started boiling over. :i6: MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE ROVING. I was scared that the boiling would felt up the roving, but I caught it in time! :? After I pulled it off the stove, I let it cool for about 1 hour until the water was lukewarm. The water was almost clear!
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The water wasn't completely cooled, but I was really anxious to see the color, so I slowly poured in warm water, and slowly added in cool water to wash the color out! Here is the final product! :D

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The color is AMAZING! It much lighter than I was expecting, but literally almost EXACTLY the same color as the package! I love it! The chartreuse is very nice! IT REMINDS ME OF OSCAR FROM SESAME STREET! You know. The one that was always grumpy cos he lived in a garbage can? :D :D :D Exactly what I wanted! The color is magnificent. And I still have more than 3/4s of the packet of iDye left!

The only thing I would change, is to NOT use as much heat, because it did felt up a little bit. But i think it was a fine outcome for a first attempt! :D
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Re: Using iDye Jacquard Dye for Roving! :D

Post by Squidgy » Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:06 pm

That is brilliant, I am so pleased that they worked for you... it looks like i might be purchasing some or myself as they sell them on amazon.co.uk, sadly for a lot more than you brought yours for... but hey.. woth such good results.. it will be worth it.

Great findings and thanks for sharing them with us!!!
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Re: Using iDye Jacquard Dye for Roving! :D

Post by NeonAddiction » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:57 pm

Yes!

I want to do the UV yellow, but I'm completely out of vinegar. :( Pretty sad. I need to get some!

The only problem I encountered is that the wool felted a bit while dying.
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Re: Using iDye Jacquard Dye for Roving! :D

Post by NeonAddiction » Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:27 am

Yay! I got more vinager and have dyed the remained of my wool! I can't believe I went through a pound of roving!

I used the same measurements as above for this batch of UV Yellow! It came out nicely! Not super bright, but more of a citrus-y light neon yellow!
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Its not SUPER UV reactive, but it does glow! I would say use the RIT color remover, to make the hair White/UV, THEN use the flouro iDYE to make it super UV reactive! I might try this if I end up buying more raw wool!

I also snagged some koolaid at the store to try out, and I did a opposite method that wasn't stove top dying. The stove way sort of made the wool felt up, so I did the same mixture, with 5 packettes of BERRY BLUE, mixed the vinegar, and capped the bucket and placed it outside for about 1 hour. The roving sucked up all the dye, and came out a DELICIOUS cotton candy blue color! Yum! it didn't felt at all hardly, because i hardly added any heat! The colors are delicious!

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Here is a picture of the chartreuse, uv yellow, and cotton candy! Yum!
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Re: Using iDye Jacquard Dye for Roving! :D

Post by VixenSingsBlack » Sat Sep 26, 2009 11:21 pm

Very awesome, and thanks for posting the tut! You rock :) I always felt my dreads before dying, to avoid the loose wool felting up.

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Re: Using iDye Jacquard Dye for Roving! :D

Post by HyprShkk!! » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:13 pm

Ahhhhhh they are such lovely colours!

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