Stella is working on an art project at school and was in need of some brown yarn. I went through my yarn stash and did not find any brown yarn. She also needed some white, which I had – actually more than what she needed. Instead of going out and buying a skein of brown yarn – we decided we would try and dye our own using coffee. I am not a coffee drinker, but I keep some in the house for guest. I researched steps and found some on eHow and I had all the items – so off to the kitchen we went.
Dying Your Own Yarn Using Coffee
Wool yarn – I am not sure if the yarn I used was 100%, but we used it anyway
Wool soap or gently soap (I used castille)
Spoon or spatula
1. Measure out the amount of yarn you need or want to dye.
3. Make a pot of coffee – you can use day old. The stronger the coffee the browner the yarn will be.
4. Pour the coffee into a large heavy bottom pot to cool a bit. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar into the coffee.
5. After 30 minutes, gently wring out some of the water from the yarn – you don’t need to get all the water out. Squeeze gently so that the yarn is not soaking.
7. Turn the burner to medium heat. You don’t want the mixture to boil, but you do want it hot.
9. Once it has reached the color that you desire or slightly darker, remove from the heat and allow to cool.
11. Fill the sink and add a small amount of soap. Again, the water should be the same temperature as the yarn.
12. Rinse all the soap from the yarn until the water runs clear, again, using the same temperature water.
14. Wrap the yarn on a hanger and hang in the shower to drip dry. The yarn may take a couple of days to dry.
Once the yarn is dry it is ready to use.
Stella’s mask is done, but they have not sent them home – when they do I will update this post with the picture of her mask with the hand dyed yarn!