kool aid dyed wool fleece

kool aid dyed wool fleece
kool aid dyed wool fleece

After we finished our treasure pouches, I still had some kool-aid mixed up, and I never want to waste kool-aid!.  First I tried just dipping some fleece in a bowl of the green–which was food coloring.  I had used a whole little bottle of food coloring mixed in about a cup and a half of water–with the kool-aid I mixed 2 small packets with the same amount of water.  Anyhow, when I just soaked the fleece in the colored water, it barely left any color–its the fleece at the top of the photo.  After that I tried adding a splash– 1-2 Tablespoons– of cider vinegar to the water and voila!–the colors came out beautiful!  The green and yellow are plain food coloring, and the purple, green and blue are from kool aid.

We used the wool to make some simple wool butterflies–little bits of wool wrapped with half a pipe cleaner and then a piece of string to hang them–or help them fly.

wool butterflies
wool butterflies

We also used some of it for making felted soaps–wrapped the soap first with white wool and then colored wool, dipped it in warm water and rub a dub dubbed.

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wool for  felted soap--some hand dyed, some not
wool for felted soap–some hand dyed, some not

I bought this really nice Kirk’s coco castille soap from Amazon.com.  It was unscented and mild and really foamy.  It was lots of good, clean fun.

felted soaps
felted soaps

 

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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