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« on: November 15, 2010 12:29:33 PM »

Basically, I picked up the darkest blue of this yarn that I could find, but it's not QUITE right. It's kind of a slate blue, and I need almost navy-ish. I have some gel food coloring, but I'm not sure what to do with it. I've always been awful with colors. I know that you add the opposite color if you want to dull the brightness, but I'm not sure how to actually darken it. Should I just try a mostly-blue dye bath with some orange added? Should I go out and buy some black food color and try that?
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2010 04:57:28 AM »

Try testing a yard and see what happens.
I just overdyed some blue that had a purple undertone and I tried Navy (Country Classic brand) and even though it was darker, it had a purple hue.  I ended up using Jacquard Sapphire and it came out a beautiful rich color, a bit lighter than royal blue.
I have never used food color - but give it a go and see what happens.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010 06:34:43 AM »

Thanks. Sometimes the simplest answers are the ones to elude me. >.< I just finished trying a few different combos, so it's off to the dyepot.
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