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8 q
Kool Aid Dyeing

1. Koolaid will dye wool, nylon, silk, hair
2. Put koolaid powder and water in a pot. Enough water to cover what you are dying
3. Add a splash of vinegar (1/4 cup or so)
4. Immerse damp article
5. Heat over stove until simmer and let simmer until the water is clear. (about 20 min)
6. Close your eyes and imagine what the lining to your gut must look like after you drink this stuff.
7. Wash and rinse.
8. If the colour is not intense enough, do it again until the water won’t go clear after 20 min which means the article is saturated

Try tie dying with Koolaid. Very cool, eh? Oh yeah, tie dyeing using zap straps is easy although does create some waste.

8 q
Rust Stains

1. Get your fabric wet with white vinegar.
2. Wrap it up around or spread it out on rusting objects. (the rust will bleed from one side of fabric to the other)
3. Cover with plastic for 2 or 3 days. Silk is more fragile and needs less time unless you like the holes created. “It’s all good”
4. Pack with sand if you want more surface contact between fabric and rusted objects.
5. Hang dry
6. Wash
7. Voila

Overdye if you like. Rust will take on some colour but will retain its own integrity

8 q
Dyes and Recipes

Recycled materials will not allow me to become complacent in an established outcome; their history and mine create the boundaries for what colours can be created, what are screened and what process of application is used. My only constant is the actual canvas of the slip. Whatever happens in this relationship, I attempt to remain open and accepting. This practice, along with Dali Lama’s exquisitely simple ‘we’re here to help’ motto provides the medium for an inclusive process that is celebratory and gentle on the earth.

1. Maiwa (
2. Opulence Silks and Dyes (
3. Aljo (
4. ProChem (
3. Clothworks (