Tired of Baby Pink? Baby Blue? Ducky Yellow?
The same jars the make vivid Wilton colors will make Wilton pastel shades.
Learn how to dye wool yarn at home and create Maple Sugar (light Skintone), Victorian Blush (light Aster Mauve) and Jamaican Coast (light teal).
With over 30 premixed colors, Wilton Icing gel was designed for pastel frosting on cakes. Which is why many of the colors look the same when you are dyeing dark colors. For instance, dark teal and dark blue can look fairly close on white base yarn.
Using just a touch of the gel creates great alternatives.
Compare the Wilton saturated and pastel tones from the same jar on the wool yarn samples. Below are the warm tones of yellow, orange and reds.
Cool pastel colors of Wilton greens, blue and purples on this page.
How do you create light colors with Wilton colors?
The instinctive answer might be...... just add a ton more water to the dyebath.
That won't work.
For example, if you have .2 oz of yarn, 1/4 teaspoon of icing color and 8 oz. of water you will end up with the same shade as if you had a dyebath of twice the amount of water, even three times.
The critical ratio is the amount of icing color to the amount of fiber.
Less icing color means a more pastel yarn (or in art terms- a lighter tint).
For test hanks of .2 oz, start with a toothpick dip of icing color in 8 oz of water to make a dye stock. That is the amount which sticks to the toothpick when dipped into the jar.
The lightest tints are the hardest to make.
Some Wilton colors are so concentrated, it's almost impossible to pluck out a small enough dab.
If the 8 oz of dye stock is too dark, discard 4 oz of mix and add 4 oz of clear water. The color will be half as dark because there is now only half as many dye particles in the dye bath.
Hints on making Wilton Pastel colors
Return to the Wilton general information page.
See pastel versions of Wilton green, blue and purples.
Color charts for Wilton, blending two colors together.
Go from Wilton Pastel to DyeYourYarn Home Page.
Short bits that aren't full pages on Dye Your Yarn.