However, Wilton's Paste food colours, for cake decorating are readily available, work with vinegar and a couple of colours have interesting properties. Violet and Delphinium Blue are made up of several different colours which get absorbed at different rates. This means you can force the colours to break or be absorbed separately, creating multi-coloured yarn or fibre from one solid colour dye pot.
|Delphinium Blue Dye|
I used about 1/2 tsp of dye to a couple of litres of water and about 1/3 cup of vinegar. Because I had to rebatch the Delphinium Blue with extra vinegar, next time I'd add about 1/2 cup of vinegar. I used a fair bit of fibre though. I prefer to use my smaller pot, which is quite deep, so that the fibre is sort of sitting in layers.
You can soak or put the fibre in dry. Usually I soak, but with my kitchen still in pieces, I tossed most of it in dry. Mostly it was fine, but there was a bunch which must have been coated with something because it required some help to get it wetted, both in the dye vat and in plain water.
|Delphinium Blue with broken colours|
|Delphinium Blue gradiation colours - cooler water temps|
I've had fibre dyed this way for over 10 years with minimal colour fading, including a pair of mittens that I wore non-stop for several years.
|Violet Dye with broken colours|
Some days though, I'm up for a bit of serendipity. I'm pretty happy with these results and yes, some of the dry fibre is light, fluffy and finally feels clean.