View Full Version : Jacquard Dye basic colors
11-19-2007, 08:19 PM
Hi, I am new to dyeing and knitting. I have experiment with dyeing wool with Kool-Aid and I love it. I want to order some JacquardŽ Dye from knitpicks.
I know if you have the basic color, blue, red, yellow, white, black, you can mix and then create color of your own. so I want to order some of that and experiment. The problem is there are many shades of blue, red, and yellow of Jacquard Dye. Which shade should I buy?
11-20-2007, 08:34 PM
i ordered the starter kit (http://www.knitpicks.com/Jacquard+Acid+Dye+Starter+Set_AD80344.html) from them. the only other colors (http://www.knitpicks.com/Jacquard+Acid+Dyes_ADJacquardDyes.html) i want now are pink, lilac, chestnut. I have been pretty happy w/ the kit so far.
I haven't had much luck making pink or peach shades using red dye. I use the pink and go from there. I also like to use gold ochre and olive for toning down the original colors instead of black. This isn't as much of an issue when you are dying wool because you can blend all you want on a carder to get the shades you want, but with yarn it is harder to get what you want when you are aiming for a particular color. My favorite way of using black is to use black or grey wool and dye it, not to use black dye.
Sky Blue, Cherry Red, and Yellow Sun are three good primaries. As I said before I also use Olive, Pink, which looks brown but dyes a knock you socks off pink unless you tone it down, and yellow ocre. To get really dark colors you will need either dark wool or a dark dye like navy or black. I recommend buying a dark fleece so you can dye dark shades and a light grey or white fleece for lighter and brighter shades, then you can mix the dyed wools to get all kinds of shades. See my sweater project I posted today to get an idea.