What you'll need:
wool: fiber or yarn
acid: citric or vinegar
acid dyes: magenta, yellow, turquoise, brown, black (link for mixing dye stocks)
dye pot: stainless steel or crock pot
I'm using 1 oz bundles of mixed breed wool combed top.
Soak these in some room temp tap water until saturated. It'll help the dye disperse better if the fiber is damp.
Add 1/2 tsp citric acid (or 2 tsp vinegar) to a dye pot that has enough water to fully submerge the wool.
Add 1 TB (15 ml) of Magenta dye stock to the pot.
Next, ad 1/4 tsp (1 ml) of Turquoise dye stock.
Then add 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) of yellow dye stock to the pot. Swirl it around to mix the acid and dyes.
Add the damp wool making sure it is completely submerged.
Turn heat to low and cover. Let this simmer for about 30 minutes. Water should be clear when done.
Let cool completely.
Prepare you water baths. I make up 2, first one with a few drops of textile detergent or Blue Dawn, and the last one with just plain water. Hang dry.
Add some extra yellow (1/2 tsp) to warm it up.
Adding extra turquoise (1/2 tsp) turns it to plum.
I added 1/2 tsp brown dye stock to this pot. It's leaning toward Marsala, just a bit more brown and I would've nail it!
A touch of black (1/2 tsp) darkens and cools it down to plum.
I hope you're inspired to get out your dyepot!
Next on Mixed-Up Monday (4/27): peach