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Vendor Spotlight: Jacquard Tie Dye and Indigo Kits – Editor’s Follow up

Reported by Dana Vitek


 Not one to let Susie and Sara have all the fun, I broke into my Jacquard Tie Dye and Indigo Dye kits with vigor. Both Susie and Sara said that they didn’t realize that the Tie Dye kit contained 2 different colors of ink; I just wanted to point out that it does, indeed, say it right here in the directions that the package contains a main color and an accent color.

Okay, now that the formalities are out of the way; let’s get down to business.

I’ve been wanting to dye yarn for the longest time, but didn’t want to deal with the mess and fuss that comes from dipping and mixing and stuff. So, I figured this Tie Dye kit would be just what I was looking for. It definitely was. I just added water to the pre-filled applicator bottles, and I was was good to go.

Here’s what I started with (it’s 100% cotton):


This is a lot of yarn (14 oz). Maybe too much for one kit.

Soaking in the soda ash pre-dye bath:

I added water to the bottles and tested them on a paper towel:

Now the good part… first the red:

then the pink:

I stuck the whole thing in a trash bag and let it sit for about 20 hours. Then I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed it. The water eventually ran clear.

There’s no good way to dry this much yard without getting it all boogered up. First I put it in a lingerie bag and put it in the dryer on high. For a long time. No dice. Then I attempted to dry it using my hair straightener. My husband took one look at that operation and suggested I put it in the oven. 200 °F for 2 hours, and it’s pretty close to dry. Finding the end is another story.

I crocheted up a quick swatch to see how it would look in my typical baby blanket pattern… I love it! I’m a little afraid that the color might run (reds are like that), so I’m going to wash the finished blanket several times by itself, before I give it to an unsuspecting baby girl!

While the yarn was in dye purgatory (i.e. the 12-24 hour waiting period), I mixed up the batch of Indigo dye. Included in the package was all this stuff:

including a really cool informational booklet about the history of Indigo. Pretty cool stuff. Anyway…

4 gallons of water + 1 tiny little jar of powder:


This does not smell very good

I know nothing of tieing things up to dye. There were directions included, but I pretty much winged it. That’s the beauty of tie dye… anything goes!

While I was rubberbanding, I let the bucket of dye rest for about an hour, and came back to find this:


(this really doesn’t smell very good)

Apparently this is exactly what it’s supposed to look like, based on the pictures included in the kit.

The liquid part of the dye is actually a yellowish-green color. I dipped my fabric in (I was doing a whole bunch of white 100% cotton flannel) and gently squeezed while keeping it under the surface of the dye. The directions make a point of saying to not drop your fabric in the bucket and let it touch the bottom. That’s too bad, because that would have been way easier. But, that’s the nature of indigo.

Some action shots:

Here’s the cool part; after taking the fabric out of the dye and unwrapping it, the indigo reacts with the oxygen in the air and tada! Blue!

I rinsed out the flannel, and threw it in the dryer for about 1/2 an hour. Then I ironed it, and started cutting it up to make a quilt.

I LOVE the way the fabric turned out, and had a hard time cutting into it! The flannel was still super soft; the indigo dye didn’t change the texture at all.

Since I had all this dye left over, I stuck the bucket in my laundry room until I could decide what else to dye. And then it came to me… my favorite jeans. These jeans were purchased back when the light wash look was still in. I haven’t had the chance to overdye them yet, but I’ll be stylin’ again soon!

Pros:

  • Kits come with everything you need to get started, right down to the gloves and rubber bands. Which is great because then I didn’t need to steal any from the office.
  • Jewel tone kit had just enough for a small project; two t-shirts is a perfect amount.
  • Indigo kit is great for larger projects or lots of shirts.

Cons:

  • Okay, it’s messy, or has the potential to be. But really, I’ve trashed my kitchen way worse than this.
  • I probably should have used two kits for the yarn; now I know.
  • The indigo dye smells yucky, so says my 4-year-old daughter, and I agree.

All in all, I loved these kits, and will definitely be using them both again. I still have an Emerald Tie Dye kit, although next time I think I’ll crochet the blanket first and then tie dye the finished product.

So what do you think? Are you hankering to get your hands on some tie dye now? Leave us a comment and let us know!


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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science. http://stampingscience.blogspot.com
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8 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Jacquard Tie Dye and Indigo Kits – Editor’s Follow up

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    veronica December 15, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    i love seeing step by step details. i still haven’t tie dyed anything, and am itching to try it.

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    two_girls December 15, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    your results look fabulous! I would love to do this. How did your jeans turn out, you should share a pic!

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    Skittl1321 December 15, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Gorgeous! I dye wool yarn a lot (with acid dyes, or food dyes) but would have never thought to do cotton yarn with a tie-dye kit!

    I’ve found the best way to dry yarn is time. I hang it in the utility room (or outside in the summer) and wait 2 days. Then it’s really easy to wind the skein into a ball.

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    IamSusie December 15, 2010 at 11:47 am #

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    Pam December 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    How cool to see this today! My husband brought me a Jacquard Jewel Tones Tie Dye Kit in Ruby a while back but I really didn’t know what to do with it. I’ve dyed fabric & paper with coffee and tea but haven’t gone beyond that. I also didn’t realize there were two colors since I didn’t open the package & there was no indication on the cover aside from “two Bottles of Pre-measured dye.” Now I’m motivated to see what I can do with my dye! Thanks!

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    Jaimee December 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    So cool Dana! Particulary loved the indigo dye idea and then quilting with it. You are one crafty chic!

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    Melanie December 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    I love the way your yarn came out … and the look is way different than if you tie-dye it after making the blanket. Very cool!

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    nopinkhere December 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    This really makes me want to try the indigo. Maybe when it’s warmer and the bucket can live outside.