Like dusky, nature inspired colors?
Garden Tone is the Wilton® set for you

The complex blends of colors in Garden Tone are a bit harder to use than some of the other Wilton® colors, but if you take it slow you'll be pleased with the results.

First I'll show you some sample hanks, and then take a closer look at what colors are in Buttercup yellow, Aster Mauve, Delphinium blue, and Juniper green.

Wilton Buttercup dyed wool yarnWilton Aster Mauve dyed wool yarn

Wilton Delphinium dyed wool yarnWilton Juniper dyed wool yarn

To uncover which food colors are blended for each shade, I put a drop on a coffee filter. With some suprising results.

Wilton Buttercup on filter paperWilton Aster Mauve on filter paper

Wilton Delphinium on filter paperWilton Juniper on filter paper

Buttercup is yellow with a small touch of red-brown.

Aster Mauve appears as a brown-pink on white yarn. It's a mix of red, green and aqua.

Delphinium produces a slate with red overtones. The mixture is pink with a large amount of green and a bit of aqua.

Juniper resembles moss. It' s a brown-red with a bit of green and blue.

Hints about using the Wilton® Garden Tone set:
  • Buttercup is easy to use and should not break, because the yellow and red components strike at almost the same acid level.

  • The red in Aster will strike first and leave the blue/green behind. To get the blue/green to absorb, add small amounts of vinegar, then heat and cool until the dyebath is clear. Go to this page for full directions on working with colors that contain both red and blue.

  • Delphinium has the same red/blue problem as Aster. If you add too much vinegar, the red will halo. A halo is when the red stays on the surface of the yarn while the blue penetrates to the yarn core. The darker the shade of Delphinium, the worse the halo becomes. Go to this page for full directions on working with colors that contain both red and blue.

  • Juniper, despite having red, bonds quite nicely. The range of shades between pastel and dark is quite useful and surprising.

How to make pastel Wilton®

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