Before using an acid dye (More about acid dyes and where to find them), soak your material in 1/2 water/vinegar solution for at least an hour.
After that you will be adding dye to water and heating the mixture in some way. The following is a list of a few different ways to use acid dye. Most tutorials involving acid dye are about dying yarn, but the same method can apply to dying nylon tights and stockings.
- Acid Dye Tutorials:
- Here is a great general yarn dying tutorial from Fibermania, using lots of rainbow colors and a simple microwave method.
- Sarah E. White shows us how to Dye Yarn with Kool-Aid. Remember to soak your yarn in vinegar beforehand.
- Here is a very thorough tutorial from Kathryn Ivy on how to dye yarn using Easter egg tablets
- This tutorial from Knitting by Zen has a bit more information about how much dye to use and how to get variegated and spotty results.
Protein (Wool, Cashmere, Silk)
- What are Protein Fibers?
- How to Dye Protein Fibers
- Learn about Acid Dyes
Cellulose (Cotton, Linen, Hemp)
- What are Cellulose Fibers?
- How to Dye Cellulose Fibers
- Learn about Fiber Reactive Dye