Monday, February 16, 2015

Mixed-Up Monday: Purple

I'm a purple person.  I love every shade of purple, from violet to plum.  Many of the colorways I've created have some sort of purple in it...I have to force myself not to use it in everything.  It's so versatile!

What you'll need:
wool: fiber or yarn
acid: citric or vinegar
dye pot: stainless steel or crockpot

I'm using 1 oz bundles of mixed wool combed top.

Gather up your fiber and soak in some room temperature tap water.

Fill the dye pot with a few inches of water, enough to fully submerge the amount of fiber you'll be adding in.
Add 1/2 tsp of citric acid (for 1 oz) or 2 tsp of vinegar.

Add 3 TB (45 ml) of magenta dye stock.

Next, add 1 TB (15 ml) of turquoise dye stock.

Add the damp wool making sure it is completely covered with dye.  
Put on the lid and set heat to low.
Simmer for about 30 minutes.  Dye water should be almost clear when done.   If there is still a lot of dye floating around you can simmer for a bit longer checking every 5 minutes.

Let cool completely.  Prepare you rinse baths.  I use one with a few drop of textile detergent or Blue Dawn, then finish it off with a plain water bath.  Hang or dry flat.

Pretty purple wool!

You can adjust the ratio of magenta to turquoise to get different shades.  (3 magenta to 1 turquoise is used here).  Add more turquoise for violet, or add more magenta for plum.


Add 1 tsp (5 ml) of yellow dye stock to tone it down.

Adding 1 tsp (5 ml) of black dye stock will darken and cool it down.

Add 1 TB of brown dye stock to darken and warm it up to a deep plum.

Also experiment with the amount of dye added.  Here I only used 1/3 of the main recipe.  (1 tsp magenta, 1/4 tsp turquoise)

Have fun finding your perfect purple!


Next on Mixed-Up Monday, 3/2:  Yellows


  1. I sooo luv purple! These are just lovely.

  2. I may have missed this information in an earlier post Lars, you say " dye solution" do you have liquid dye? Or have you mixed up bottles of dye powder?

    1. Hi Karrie! I make up concentrated dye solutions from powder. You can find the details in this blog post:

      Thanks for asking!!

  3. I tried this one today. I don't have the Dharma but I do have the Jacquard Pink and tried substituting that for the magenta but it didn't work at all. It came out way more blue and black. I guess the pink isn't good enough and I will just have to order up the Magenta?

    1. Dharma Magenta works a lot better than the Jacquard Pink. If using Jacquard Pink you might want to triple (or even quadruple) in substitution for the Dharma Magenta. I've tried both and Dharma Magenta is the best!