Monday, January 18, 2016

Mixed Up Monday: Olive

Olive is a muddy green color.  The most common place to find the color olive is on an olive!  It was the color of kitchen appliances and crushed velvet in the 70's.  You can still spot the color olive in today's fashion and accessories.

What you'll need:
wool: fiber or yarn
acid dye stocks: yellow, turquoise, black.  Magenta and brown are optional.  (how to mix dye stock)
acid: citric or vinegar
dye pot: stainless steel or crock pot
measuring spoons

I'll be dyeing up 1 oz  bundles of mixed breed wool combed top.

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

Add the acid to a dye pot filled with a few inches of tap water.  I'm using 1/2 tsp of citric acid (or 1 TB vinegar) for 1 oz of fiber.

Add 2 TB Yellow dye stock to the pot.

Next, add 1/2 tsp Turquoise dye stock.

Then add 1 tsp Black dye stock.  Stir it up!

Add the wool making sure it is completely submerged.  
Cover and heat on low for about 20 minutes.  Water will be clear when done.
Let cool.
Prepare rinse baths:  one with a few drop of textile detergent or Blue Dawn, one with plain water. Let the dyed fiber soak a few minutes in each one.
Hang dry.

A succulent shade of olive green.  :)


Adding 1/2 tsp of Magenta dye will tone it down but allows it to remain the same value/ brightness.

Here I added 1 tsp of Brown dye.  It's now a warmer and darker shade of olive.

In this dye pot I added and additional 1 tsp of Black.  

Have fun and keep on dyeing!

Next on Mixed Up Monday, 2/8/16 : Puce

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy your tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing 😊. Looking forward to puce.