Crockpot Dyes

Crockpot Dyes

Since I am now living in a small flat in London, I have had to change my dye methods to working in a small space. I purchased a couple of crockpots (slow cookers) and these seem to be working quite well. A 3.5 litre crockpot is large enough to dye about 100 – 150 grams of yarn at a time (about 4-6 oz) .

The slow cookers that I purchased are oval in shape and quite shallow. If I had my preference, I would have liked to buy a slightly larger size and possibly a round shape (hoping that the round ones would be deeper, to make it easier to dip dye the yarn)

Also, the magenta or red colour dyes require a higher heat than the cyan or yellow, to absorb properly into the yarn. Crock pots don’t always give a very good high heat, so it is best to heat the water on the stove. The slow cookers that I bought are not able to be used on the stove as well, so I have to use a regular cooking pot for the magenta dyebath.

Basic Steps for Crockpot Dyeing
– Using 3 Prime Colours (cyan, yellow, magenta)

(I use CIBA Acid Dyes) and 2 Crockpots and one regular stove pot – 1 Crockpot for Cyan, 1 for Yellow and Magenta in the stove pot.

Fill the Slow Cookers with Hot Water
Turn the Slow Cookers onto the Hot setting
Add a Tablespoon of Vinegar
Add Dye to the Slow Cooker

If you have a pH tester, the dye bath should be acidic – the pH should be

More About Dyes
Kool-aid Colors
Dye Information
Natural Dyes

Books – Dyes and Colour

Yarn Works: How to Spin, Dye, and Knit Your Own Yarn
Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It
Prepared to Dye: Dyeing Techniques for Fiber Artists

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Last Updated on July 30, 2020 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi