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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!


  • 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.


  • 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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Vendor Spotlight: Jacquard Jewel Tones Tie Dye Kit

Reported by Susie Ziegler

For years I have been wanting to try fabric dye. I’ve been successful with home dyeing of wool yarn with food coloring and vinegar. Watered down acrylic paint works well with the Girl Scouts, but the result is a bit stiff. It has long been time for me to graduate into real fabric dye using more professional supplies.

Jacquard produces high quality fiber art supplies including inks, dyes, chemicals, waxes, tools, and kits. Their Jewel Tone Tie Dye Kits seem like a good place to start my fabric dyeing adventures. Jacquard offers seven lovely colorways of these kits. I think I love that amethyst choice best. They sent me both the ruby and the emerald kits to test.

It isn’t clear on the package that inside each of these boxes are two coordinating tones of each color (although it does say it in the directions). In the package you will get enough dye for two t-shirts, rubber gloves, rubber bands, a package of soda ash, and an instruction page with some tie dye ideas.

Instead of using t-shirts, I decided I would try dyeing some fabric. I purchased two yards of white 100% cotton quilting fabric. The instructions say this dye is meant for 100% cotton, rayon, linen, or hemp. I did not otherwise prepare my yardage except to cut it into two pieces. First I soaked it in a tub of the whole package of soda ash dye fixative dissolved in about 2 gallons of hot water. I used the rubber gloves for this part, but one finger had a pinhole leak and the liquid leaked onto my skin.

I read the directions more closely and, while I don’t think I should bathe in the soda ash or anything, my skin will be okay. I need to take care that this chemical solution doesn’t splash into my eyes. I can save the excess solution in a marked container to be used later on another project.

Okay, so I mixed up the Jacquard dye and tested them on a paper towel. Look at the nice tones, enough contrast to get a nice effect on my fabric:

I used their rubber bands and supplemented with some of my own to make these little bundles. I’m hoping the effect will be little circles across my yard of fabric. We’ll see!

The Jacquard Jewel Tones Tie Dye came out in a stream. I noticed that the tip of the teal colored dye bottle was very tight, so that the dye squirted out in a very small spray. I wasn’t sure if this was how it was supposed to be, but since I got frustrated with it, I decided to poke a larger hole in it with a very small nail, much like you do when you need to clear out the tip of a dried out glue bottle. It squirted much better after that.

I treated a second yardage so that it will (hopefully) be striped.

I can’t wait to see how it turned out. I have to wait 12 to 24 hours to remove the rubber bands, rinse, and see the effect. Also, as I worked, I forgot to put back on the gloves and my fingertips really got green. I expect that this color will wear off pretty quickly, but you might want to take care and wear the gloves when you try this.

The package says there is enough for two t-shirts. I found that I have enough dye to do another yard of cotton. I suppose the amount of dye used depends on the thickness of the material you are using.

I rinsed and dried my fabric in the dryer and I was surprised that the vivid wet fabric faded to a sort of washed out look. I like it, but I liked it better when it was really vivid. I also washed one yard with laundry detergent and tumbled it dry. I didn’t notice that this fabric was more faded than the one that only received a rinse.

Look how cool!


  • Very easy to use
  • Two colors in each package combine for a rich, lovely effect
  • All supplies are provided except for fabric or shirt
  • Instructions are simple to understand
  • Dye doesn’t change the texture of the fabric at all.


  • Soda ash package says to soak fabric for 20 minutes. Instructions contradict this and indicate that only a thorough soak is needed.
  • Dried fabric faded considerably from what I expected. I am not sure that a longer dye bath would preserve the color, or if I should have used the longer soda ash pre-soak.
  • Squirt bottle needed adjustments to work properly.

I enjoyed my first adventures in fabric dyeing with the Jacquard Jewel Tones Tie Dye Kit. I look forward to trying more! What do you think… leave us a comment and let us know!


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Vendor Spotlight: Jacquard Pinata Color Alcohol Inks

I’m no stranger to alcohol inks, and have more than my fair share in my stash. So when the opportunity came up to test out these Piñata Alcohol Inks by Jacquard, I jumped at the chance.

I received the Piñata Exciter Pack. Somebody sure named that right… I was very excited! I started right in on some glass ornaments:

Dripped ink on the inside:

Two colors of ink, swirled around:

I had some Jacquard Lumiere (a sparkly paint) in my stash, so I thinned that out with some rubbing alcohol, and added it to the mix:

Spray glue + glitter:

Here they are on my tree:

I love how true the colors of the Piñata inks are. The red is a true red, the blue a true blue. It can be difficult to find alcohol inks with such vibrant hues. Not anymore!

Next up, I pulled out a bunch of metal ornaments that I picked up 90% off last year. They’re okayish as they are, but I knew they could be better.


I added blue, green, brown, and the blanco (white) ink to this flannel pad, with a couple of drops of the Claro Extender:

And pounced it all over the ornament:

Here’s a pad with red, yellow, orange and white Piñata Inks:

And those ornaments:

Group shot!

Aaaaand, on the tree:

You can used cotton balls or pads, but they can leave fibers in your ink (like what happened to Susan), so I find a layer of flannel works best. And you can definitely make your own pouncer tool by sticking some Velcro onto a wood block. But you don’t even need to. Inky fingers never hurt anybody!

And, you don’t even need to have an ornament blank to start with.

Crumpled aluminum foil (this is a large sheet, folded into eight layers):

Pounce on some blue and white + extender:

Use a sanding block to take the ink off the high spots and reveal the texture:

I used my Big Shot and a Sizzix nested star die:

but you could use anything, including a pair of scissors and a steady hand (although, if you do that you’ll need to glue the sheets of foil together; here the pressure from the Big Shot squishes them together).

6 inches of fishing line and 6 glue dots later, we’re in business:

It occurs to me that this might make people think I’m a Dallas Cowboy fan. I am not. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Unless you’re in Philly like I am.


  • Rich, vibrant, true hues
  • Easy-to-use nozzle top
  • The Exciter Pack is a great value, especially if you can use a 40% off coupon at a big box store.


  • I don’t really have any cons. They behaved exactly the way I wanted them too.

Jacquard’s Piñata Inks are a fabluous addition to my alcohol ink collection, and I will definitely be reaching for these often.