Precious Metal Colors

I have always interested in creating gold, silver and copper colors in yarn. For these colors to shine as metals, the base yarn must have sufficient amount of silk. So today I took out the steam pot and dyed three skeins of Knitpicks Gloss Lace in 70% merino wool and 30% silk.

All the dyes are from Prochem, using the dye colors gold, mouse grey and brick. Except for mouse grey, which remains true to its final color, both gold and brick were muted and washout before steaming. After the steam treatment, the heat activates the red undertone and these colors became more intense and saturated. This colorway is named Precious, after one of most interesting characters in LOTR, Smeagol.

Soak, test color on paper towel, paint, and steam.

Gold, silver and copper.

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