Monday, November 23, 2015

Mixed Up Monday: CMY

In this post, I'm using a low immersion kettle dye technique to create a variegated colorway.  We'll start very basic with CMY primaries.  :)  

What you'll need:
wool: fiber or yarn
acid: citric or vinegar
acid dyes: turquoise, magenta, yellow.  (dye stock tutorial here)
dyepot: stainless steel or crockpot  (I'm using this one)
measuring spoons

I'll be working with 8 oz of polwarth wool combed top.

Add a few inches of water to the dye pot.  I'm adding about 1 TB of citric acid to dye 8 oz of wool.

Add the wool making sure it is full saturated and immersed in the water.

Next, I got 3 cups of plain water, about 12 oz each.  

I added 2 TB of stock solution to each cup.  

Yellow is poured carefully over the top area of the pot.  No poking or stirring the fiber. :)

Next, Magenta is poured over the middle area.  I want the colors to blend where they meet for some interesting color play.

The final color added is Turquoise.  That gets poured around the bottom area.  You can see some of the yellow has made its way down there.  Resist the urge to poke around the fiber.  Let the colors go where they want!

Ready for some heat!  I put the (covered) pan on the stovetop on the lowest heat setting.  Let it simmer for about 45 minutes.  Water will be clear when done.
Let cool.
Prepare your rinse baths, one with a few drops of textile detergent or Blue Dawn, the other with just plain water.  Gently lift the fiber out of the dye pan and into each bath for a few minutes.
Hang dry.

The result!  
Kettle dyeing is my favorite way to dye.  You can create a colorway with a lot of unexpected color mixing and many depths of shade.  Have fun!!


Mixed Up Monday will be back in 2016!


  1. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. I would LOVE if you would do more of these kettle dye posts. You have some amazing talent!

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