Monday, September 2, 2013

Dyeing Experiment - Applying Dye with a Spray Bottle

I've been wanting to try different methods of applying dye to yarn.  I saw a beatiful shawl that was dyed after it was knit into a rainbow colorway.  The knitter used a spray bottle to apply the dye, and then sprayed on vinegar to set the color.  The final gradient was stunning.

I presoaked the mini-skein of yarn in a vinegar/water solution before spraying on some dye.  This would have worked better if I had more liquid in the spray bottle, but I didn't want to waste any food coloring.  I then wrapped the skein in seran and set the color in the microwave.

The final effect is handpainted/kettle dyed-esqe.  I was wondering if I would get a frosted color like in some Madelinetosh yarns, but I was dealing with a fingering weight yarn.  Using a spray bottle on bulky yarn may apply the color just to the outside giving the frosted effect I covet.   

I also think that this method would be easier with more liquid in the bottle.  As I mentioned at the end of the video, I have a spray bottle that is a LOT better.  I've learned a lot from this experiment.  So tell me, would you even give dyeing yarn with a spray bottle a try?  


  1. I love using a spray bottle to add spritzes of color! I presoak my yarn in water/white vinegar for about an hour (sometimes less depending on how much color mixing I'm doing, and covering the table, etc.). I normally use the spritzing as a way of adding a darker shade over a lighter base. For instance, I dye self-striping sock yarn. I make the base colors lighter shades, then spritz a more intense shade of same color. It adds depth and texture to the colors. I have adjustable sprayers that I've recycled from cleaning products (thoroughly cleaned out, of course). I can spray a thin stream or a fine mist, depending on the amount of contrast I want.

    I haven't dyed a whole skein by just spraying it, but watching all your videos sure has me wishing I had some dyeable yarn here to play with ...

    1. Ooo I love it! In this video I was really just testing the spray bottle, and I don't like the one that I had that much. I'd love to use a better spray bottle on a sock blank to see if I get some cool flecks of color.