What You Can’t Dye with Food Coloring

What You Can’t Dye with Food Coloring

The most frequent question I get asked from my yarn dyeing tutorials is can I dye cotton or can I dye 100% acrylic yarn with these methods. Today I am going to show you side by side what happens when you try to dye 100% wool, 100% cotton and 100% acrylic in a food coloring and white vinegar dye bath. The wool turns a saturated green, the acrylic picks up no color, and the cotton is stained in an irregular way. (There are commercial kits to dye cotton such as Tie Dyeing kits so I would not recommend wasting your food coloring on cotton!)

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