Dyeing is so much fun. I thought using food dye was a lost cause, because all the colors would be bright. I was totally wrong. I found a color chart for McCormick dyes at http://www.beckarahn.com. There were so many wonderful colors to try, so I did!
I started by making olive. It mixed yellow, blue, neon green, and neon purple. Attempt number one was not a good color, it was too brown in my opinion. So I added more yellow and blue and it was perfect!
The one on the left was #1 and the right is #2 (though #1 looks more like #2 :-)).
Next was golden oak. Mix red with neon green you get golden oak. Go figure. It was an ok color.
Next was pumpkin! Because despite it being 90+ with 70% humidity, pumpkin stuff is coming out. I loved the pumpkin color!
I still gad some course wool to dye, so I wondered what would go with pumpkin and olive… I looked at the chart and saw navy. Why not? Blue with a tiny bit if red makes navy, not purple, go figured!
So I had 3 good not bright colors made with food dye! Woot! Now to dye some fluff! I started with 2 0.5 oz pieces in a pot, presoaked. I add citric acid (1 tsp) though there was some in the dye too. I put them in a pot and added dye on thirds. I think I added too much water because the colors mixed too much. Yuck. This is not going to be pretty!
So I took another 0.5 oz and put it in a second pot and added less water. Looks better!
Now to let them cool….. that’s the hard part. I have no patience. COOL NOW!!! ARGH!
Ok, these are about as bad as I thought…
Could be wrose but they aren’t good. A learning experience. Hopefully the other one is better… (I’m making turkey burgers as I let it cool, so I don’t mess it up.)
Hahaha yes I can speed up cooling!
Ooh, it turned out pretty good! I like it!
Cool! This technique is called space dyeing, I’ve been wanting to try it. This was a good learning experience! Take home message: don’t add too much water!