AmeriColor - Bold and Squeezable

Folks suggested an AmeriColor page.

Frosting crafters love it.

Two years ago, it was terra incognita (the great unknown territory) in the world of yarn dyeing.

Our box of colors hadn't even bounced the second time on the front step, and the yarn was soaking, the jars were brought up from storage and the microwave was humming!

AmeriColor works just like Wilton or McCormick - you'll need to add vinegar to make the colors bond.

  • EY = Electric Yellow
  • EO = Electric Orange
  • EPK = Electric Pink
  • EB = Electric Blue
  • EP = Electric Purple
  • RR = Red Red
  • E = Egg
  • L = Lemon
  • LF = Leaf
  • F = Forest
  • BU = Burgundy
  • V = Violet
  • P = Purple
  • B = Royal Blue
  • S = Sky Blue
  • C = Chocolate
  • BK = Super Black

The sample to the right of the black is a pastel gray version of the black.

The hanks are a single drop of gel paste to 36 inches of Lion brand Fishermen's wool. The color is as dark as it will go on an off-white base yarn.

Americolor comes in single bottles and sets.

AmeriColor Sets

Super Black, Royal Blue, Sky Blue, Chocolate Brown, Lemon Yellow, Teal, Leaf Green, Orange, Deep Pink, Super Red, Violet, and Fuchsia.

(Sets may change, read the contents).

Copper, Egg Yellow, Ivory, Forest Green, Mint Green, Mauve, Dusty Rose, Peach, Burgundy, Red Red, Terracotta, and Bright White.

(Sets may change, read the contents).

Electric Blue, Electric Yellow, Electric Green, Electric Orange, Electric Pink, Electric Purple

(Sets may change, read the contents).

Over the past six months, Amazon sellers have increased the number of sets they feature. Giant bottles sets are coming into style.

Note - please read the description carefully, some sellers are using photos that show the wrong sized bottle. the .75 ounce bottles fit into your hand and have white flip top lids. The 4.5 ounce bottles are the size crafter's acrylic paint comes in. The red, black and white comes in giant bottles.

White will not dye yarn. Yes, it would be beyond cool if it did. But it won't.

The colors are quite bold without being too childish.

Bakers have commented that this brand won't break down when cooked. I hadn't noticed this side-effect when dyeing food color of any brand. Possibly because we are only heating to 180 F and the bakers are making macaroons.

Americolor is a soft gel paste, a bit stiffer in consistency than squeeze bottles of acrylic paint. In most cases, it was easy to get a drop at a time.

However, some bottles required more force and I ended up splurping two drops.

Shaking the bottle upside down helps.

Colors with red3

  • Super Black
  • Royal Blue
  • Chocolate Brown
  • Copper
  • Deep Pink
  • Dusty Rose
  • Mauve
  • Peach
  • Burgundy
  • Red Red
  • Super Red
  • Christmas Red
  • Violet
  • Holiday Red
  • Terracotta
  • Fuchsia
  • Regal Purple
  • Soft Pink
  • Maroon
  • Navy
  • Electric Pink
  • Electric Purple

Colors without red3

  • Sky Blue
  • Egg Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Ivory
  • Forest Green
  • Teal
  • Leaf Green
  • Mint Green
  • Orange
  • Tulip Red
  • Bright White
  • Turquoise
  • Avocado
  • Warm Brown
  • Gold
  • Electric Blue
  • Electric Yellow
  • Electric Green
  • Electric Orange

Notes and Hints

Super Black - a nice balanced black. Not too red, not too green. Easier to bond as a solid color than Wilton.

Chocolate - slight red cast.

Burgundy - too much acid, and you'll end up with a hard lump of dye. Add a bit of vinegar and let it rest for a few hours. Repeat the cycle using as little vinegar as possible.

Red Red - bonded just fine. This red may have a large amount of red40.

Violet - allow your yarn to soak in the dyebath without adding acid or you will lose most of the red and end up with purple.

Regal Purple - nice dark purple, equally red and blue. A color not currently available in other companies' product lines.

Electric Pink - when the vinegar was added, the pink formed tiny balls.
The dyebath was still usable and the pink bonded fine.

Forest Green - nice pine without being too red.

See How to Mix Americolors

Overdyeing with AmeriColor

Would you like to see more brands of food color?

Kool-Aid, everything you need to dye is in the packet (other than the water, pan and yarn).

Wilton icing gel - comes in jars of many colors.

Squeezable bottles with liquid food color, check out McCormick.

How to choose a yarn to dye, with photos of examples.

Go From AmeriColor to Dye Your Yarn home page.

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