wool: fiber or yarn
acid: citric or vinegar
acid dyes: brown, black, yellow, magenta, turquoise, blue (dye stock tutorial here)
dye pot: stainless steel or crock pot
I'll be using 1 oz bundles of mixed breed wool combed top.
Gather wool and soak in room temp tap water until fully saturated. I always keep mine wrapped in nylon net while rinsing and soaking.
Add a few inches of water (enough that it will cover the amount of wool you're using) to a dye pot.
Add 1/2 tsp of citric acid or 2 tsp vinegar to the water.
First, add 1 tsp (5 ml) of brown dye stock to the pot.
Then add 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) Black dye stock.
I'm now adding 1 oz of damp wool to the pot.
Turn heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes. The water will be clear when done.
Prepare some rinse baths ( one with a few drops of textile detergent or Blue Dawn, the other just plain tap water).
Hang or dry flat.
A nice basic taupe color to work with. :)
I added 1/4 tsp of Yellow dye stock to this pot to get a warmer taupe.
Here I added 1/2 tsp Blue dye to warm it up toward brown.
Add just 1/8 tsp of Magenta for a softer feminine taupe color.
Adding 1/8 tsp of Turquoise dye stock will cool it down toward gray.
I can't pick a favorite. I love them all!
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