What you'll need:
Acid: citric acid or vinegar
Fiber: wool or yarn (animal based)
Stock solutions: yellow, red, blue, brown, black
Dyepot: stainless steel or ceramic
I'll be dyeing 1oz bundles of mixed breed wool combed top. I soak them in some room temperature tap water until saturated.
Add a few inches of room temperature tap water to your dyepot, just enough to cover your wool when you put it in later. Add 1/2 tsp citric acid, or a couple teaspoons of vinegar.
The color pumpkin has a lot more yellow than red; the ratio I use is 3 parts yellow to 1 part red. Add 2 TB (or 6 tsp, or 30 ml, whatever spoon you have) of yellow stock solution.
Add 2 tsp (10 ml) of red stock solution.
Gently press out excess moisture out of your soaked wool and add to your dyepot.
Make sure all the wool is submerged.
Cover pot and set your burner to low. Check in about 20 minutes. Water should be almost clear when done. If it's not clear, let it heat a bit longer.
Gently lift out fiber and place in a soak (room temp tap water with a couple drops of blue Dawn or textile detergent). After a few minutes place wool in a final soak of clear tap water.
Press out excess water and let dry.
This is a basic Pumpkin shell color. Let's spice it up!
Adding just 1/2 tsp of brown dye stock to the basic recipe really changes it up.
Add even more brown, 1 TB total, to basic recipe, yum!
Here I added 1/4 tsp BLUE dye stock to the basic recipe. It's the opposite color on the wheel. A pretty earthy orange is the result.
Adding 1/8 tsp black to the basic recipe results in a nice cinnamon color.
Have fun and experiment!
Good enough to eat! (but please don't)
Next on Mixed-Up Monday: Plum