How to Set Up Yarn for Dyeing

I like to prepare my yarn for dyeing by adding more ties to the yarn so it doesn’t become a soggy mess during, and after, the process.

  1. Cut 8-9″ lengths of cotton or bamboo (do NOT use wool, it could felt to your yarn).  If your yarn is thick, cut longer strands.

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2.  Split your hank it half and loop the cotton yarn around it and twist.

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3.  Make a knot around the second half of the hank.  Make sure the cotton is loose, if it’s too tight the dye won’t penetrate under the tie.

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4.  I like to have 4 ties total.  Depending on how I’m dyeing it, I’ll even add a zip tie to make it easier to work with.

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Note: You can also dye cakes by injecting dye into the center and working outwards with different colors or creating a gradient.  It’s best to soak the cake in water with white vinegar for the dye to absorb better.

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