So my Aunt Betty sent me a ton of goose and pheasant feathers. Some people go ewww when they hear about freshly plucked feathers but really what’s the difference between that and buying them in a bag. I clean my feathers in soapy water to rinse of any dirt then store them with mothballs to kill anything that may be on there. For the extra measure once that is done I also toss them in the freezer for a few days. This is how most feathers are cleaned and if you ever thought your feathers smelt a bit like mothballs…well know you know why.
While I love there natural colors of the feathers they can be kinda blah against a hat. So being the impatient person that I am I found a tutorial on how to dye feathers with kool-aid..yes kool-aid. I even found another blog that dyed her yarn with kool-aid and came out with a lovely color chart of which flavors to use.
So some things I learned
- A splash of vinegar means a BIG splash of vinegar. I suggest using a 1/2 cup or more.
- Pheasant feathers color faster/darker than goose feathers
- Just keep nuking. The more you heat the more color you get.
- Lastly… Vinegar and kool-aid smell pretty good. (this might just be me)
This is a bath of Strawberry Kiwi and Tropical Punch drying.
The blue green is a mix of blue lemonade and lime. I’m going to do another batch just blue. Oh and then there’s just orange hanging out in the group.
Will I always dye with kool-aid..probably not but for now it’s doing a great job getting me some feathers that I can use on hats.