Monday, August 17, 2015

Mixed Up Monday: Periwinkle

The color periwinkle gets its name from the color of blossoms produced by the plant called Periwinkle, or myrtle, Vinca minor.  It is a mix of lavender and pale blue.

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
measuring spoons

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.
Let cool.

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. 
Hang dry.

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!


Mixed Up Mondays will be back soon!  


  1. I ***love*** these posts! thanks so much for sharing your experiments!

  2. What does the 2x's dye mean on that last hank of wool?

    1. Hi Adriana :) I doubled the dye from the main (first recipe). So instead of 1 tsp Turquoise dye stock, I used 2 tsp; I used 1 tsp Magenta instead of 1/2 tsp.

  3. Okay I thought that is what you meant. I'm getting ready to attempt to dye with acid dyes for the first time. So if I wanted to dye 100grams (3.52), do I adjust the amount of dye solution accordingly?

    1. Yes. :) You may want to triple the recipe and see if it's ok. You can always add more if the shade is too pale for you.

  4. Hi Laurs...I just found your blog and am really looking forward to more posts. I am a spinner and do a lot of dying so really enjoy seeing your dye recipes. Thanks for posting them!