Dyeing a Color Wheel
Usually, when I dye, I don’t have the patience to dye the full color wheel. I end up picking colors at random and mixing a variety of colors, usually ones that I neutralize. Then I either end up with threads or fiber that’s all in the same color range or colors that I probably won’t use ever.
Recently, my friend Carole gave me 60 skeins of #5 Perle cotton threads. What an amazing gift, thanks Carole! When I was considering dyeing the threads, I decided that since I had so many threads, I would try dyeing a color wheel. I already had the Procion MX Dyes mixed up and had all 12 colors of the color wheel mixed from turquoise, magenta and lemon yellow.
So I finally did it! I dyed the full color wheel. I had 5 skeins for each of the 12 colors. So what I decided to do was do the full strength color for a dark value, a half strength color for mid range value and a very watered down color for a pale value. Then for the other two skeins I added black to one to make a shade and I made a neutral color for the last skein by adding that colors complement. You find the complement of a color by looking on the opposite side of the color wheel. It took me all day to dye these threads and a few pieces of fabric but I’m pleased with the outcome. If I mix colors again, I think I need to add more blue to the blue-violet and more blue to the blue-green. The blue is the slowest of the dyes to set and attach to the fiber. Therefore, it seems you need a bit more than you think because the other dyes mixed in will attach to the fiber before the blue even starts.
Here’s a close up of some of the threads. Aren’t they delicious? Now the only problem is that I am so enamored with all the colors that I’m hesitant to use any of the threads because then I won’t have my full color wheel. I’m sure I’ll use them but for now I just like to admire them 🙂
19 thoughts on “Dyeing a Color Wheel”
great color wheel, so pretty
They look gorgeous, Ruth 🙂
Lovely colours and so shiny
Thanks Zed – they really look shiny in person.
Good day’s work!
If they were mine I would spend a long time just looking at them and I think I would be miserly with their use.
Ruth sent me some she dyed not so long ago and I haven’t wanted to use them because they are so nice 🙂
Thanks Lyn – I am trying not to feel miserly 🙂 I can always dye more. Perhaps if I keep saying that…
Zed – I’ll just have to send you more 🙂
Aaw, I’m afraid I’d save those too 🙂 When I get better at stitching I’ll use them for something nice.
They are really pretty. The solution is to get more cotton an dye more.
Ann – I’m not sure how many I would need to not hoard them 🙂
They look gorgeous Ruth so now you’ll have to used half and save half to keep your wheel 🙂
Good idea Karen. I was going to cut a piece to put in my Color notebook and I couldn’t even do that. LOL
Actually i dont blame you, there is no way i could cut into them lol
Really enjoyed,I to would have trouble using them,would have them hanging up where I could see them! I crochet and was looking at colour wheels,thinking out a blanket of many colours…
Thanks Carole – I have used some of them but most are still intact 🙂 That was nearly 2 years ago that I dyed those.
Hello Ruth, I LOVE the yarn color wheel. I found it while searching google images for a color wheel. I added your pic to my blog http://www.knit1purl2chat.com, and added a link to your site. Just in case anyone would like to see how you created this beautiful project.
Thanks Jo – It is actually embroidery thread – purle cotton. But glad you liked it.