Why use a gray base yarn instead of white?
Do you love subtle, saturated colors but hate using up your entire jar of Wilton?
Or you'd prefer not shelling out money for a few dozen packets of Grape or Black Cherry Kool-Aid to tone down your dye bath?
Start your dyeing project with a gray yarn and overdye it.
Depending on the final color, starting with gray yarn will use a half to a tenth as
much dye to achieve the same color as white or cream yarn.
The yarn in this photo is a lopi, which usually will absorb a ton of food color.
The center two balls has a light wash of color, just the amount the covers the end of a toothpick.
The balls around the edge have a 16th of teaspoon Wilton icing gel.
Which shade of gray should you use?
Light gray works better for sheer colors - gold, pumpkin, rose, lilac, cadet, green tea.
Medium gray helps create dense colors - chocolate, navy, plum, pine.
Using a gray yarn will take a bit of experimentation. It can be hard to judge the final color until you've made a few samples.
These ties will show you the color to expect, without having to make a whole batch of dye just to test out your gray base yarn.
See how Kool-Aid can be mixed together to create over 100 shades.
Americolor Food Color - comes in colors Kool-Aid doesn't.
Wilton icing gel - comes in jars of many colors.
Squeezable bottles with liquid food color, check out McCormick.
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