Monday, May 11, 2015

Mixed-Up Monday: Seafoam

Seafoam green reminds me of summer.   A pale blue and green mix ; it's fresh, earthy, and calming.

What you'll need:
wool: fiber or yarn
acid: citric or vinegar
acid dyes: turquoise, yellow, brown, black, magenta (dye stock tutorial here)
dye pot: stainless steel or crock pot
measuring spoons

I'll be working with 1 oz bundles of mixed breed wool combed top.

Gather wool and soak in some room temp tap water until saturated.

Add 1/2 tsp citric acid or 2 tsp vinegar to a dye pot filled with a few inches of water.

Add 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) of turquoise dye stock.

Next, add 1/8 tsp of yellow dye stock.  It's about 10 drops. 

Add the wool or yarn making sure it is completely submerged.
Turn heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Water will be clear when done.

Let cool.
Prepare rinse baths (one with a few drops of textile detergent or Blue Dawn, one plain).
Hang or dry flat.

A pretty and bright seafoam color.


Add 1/4 tsp of brown to soften it and move it toward green.

Adding just 1/8 tsp of black will bring it toward blue.

If you add 1/8 tsp magenta it goes to perwinkle or sky blue.

Since it's such a pale shade you just need a little dye to change it up a lot!


Next on Mixed-Up Monday (5/25): taupe


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  2. Very soft soothing colours, lovely.

  3. Hi, just wanted to point out that 1/2 tsp should actually be 2.5 ml instead of 5 ml.

    I also wanted to say how much I love this series! I'm new to dyeing and your blog has been such an invaluable resource for me in mixing my own colors. I've been wanting to try a beach themed colorway so this seafoam post was perfectly timed! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. :)