Monday, February 8, 2016

Mixed-Up Monday: Puce

Puce is a brownish purple color which gained popularity in 18th century France.  It was said to be the favorite color of Marie Antoinette.  Puce is the french word for "flea" and the name "puce" may refer to the color that was left on linens after a flea was smashed, according to Wikipedia.  :)

What you'll need:
wool: fiber or yarn
acid dye stocks: brown, magenta, black  (how to mix dye stock)
acid: citric or vinegar
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 the wool and soak in some room temp tap water until saturated.

Fill the dye pot up with a few inches of water and add 1/2 tsp of citric acid or 1 TB vinegar.

Add 1 TB brown dye stock.

Next, add 1/2 tsp of Magenta dye stock.

Add the damp wool to the pot making sure it is fully submerged.
Cover pot and turn heat to low.  Simmer for about 20 minutes.  Water will be clear when done.
Let cool.
Prepare rinse baths and hang dry.

We've got a pretty shade of puce! 


I added only 1/2 of the dye recipe here.

This dye pot is the main recipe with 1/4 tsp of Black dye stock added.

Here I added and 1 extra TB of Brown dye stock to the main recipe.

I doubled the recipe in this batch.  

Have fun and keep on dyeing!

Next on Mixed-Up Monday, 2/22:  Camel


  1. I've learned so much from your blog! Any chance we will get to see camel soon?

  2. Love your blog so much! Been missing your updates. :( Come back to us! :p

  3. I love your tutorials! I'm going to start dyeing this weekend and I feel much more confident after reading all your blogposts about dyeing and mixing dyes. Thank you!