What you'll need:
wool: fiber or yarn
acid: citric or vinegar
acid dyes: turquoise and magenta. Brown, black, and yellow are optional. (link for mixing dye stocks can be found here)
dye pot: stainless steel or crock pot
I'll be using 1 oz bundles of mixed breed wool combed top for each dye pot.
Gather your 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 tsp, 5 ml, of Turquoise dye stock to the pot.
Next, add 1/2 tsp of Magenta dye stock. Give it a stir.
Add the damp wool making sure it is completely submerged.
Cover and turn heat to low.
Simmer for 20 minutes. Water should be clear when done.
Prepare water baths, one with a couple drops of textile detergent or Blue Dawn, and one bath of plain tap water. Soak wool in each one for a few minutes.
A pretty shade of periwinkle. :)
1 tsp Turquoise dye stock
1/2 tsp Magenta dye stock
Adding 1/4 tsp of Yellow dye stock will tone it down while keeping a pastel shade.
Here I added 1/4 tsp of Brown dye stock to darken and warm it up a bit.
Adding 1/4 tsp of Black dye stock will darken and bring out more cool undertones.
Have fun and keep on dyeing!
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