Friday, January 6, 2023

Swatching Acid Dye Powders on Yarn, Part 2

I love to dye yarn with dry acid dye powder. I love the subtle or vibrant speckles, and the soft control I can get without dissolving the dyes first.  There is one small issue, it is hard to know looking at a dye color name or swatch online to see how it will speckle.  Therefore, I dye crude swatches with acid dyes!  I like to take a little bit of the dye powder and put it on wet yarn to compare to other colors.  This way I know when I pick colors for speckles I am picking colors that will look different from one another.  

This post is part 2 from a post I wrote almost two years ago sharing photos of crude acid dye swatches on yarn through April 2021. This post is going to be very similar - I will have the swatch images plus a caption with the acid dye brands and names below so you can search this post to find the colors you're interested in comparing.  I have also linked the videos where I made the swatches so you can see how the dyes perform in a YouTube video.  

Are there any other colors you would like me to swatch? I'm already planning on doing more in 2023! 


Swatching all of my purple acid dyes across multiple brands. Key: PC - PRO chemical and dye, D - Dharma acid dyes, J - Jacquard Acid Dyes, PF - Paradise Fibers acid dyes and GS - Greener Shades.  Dharma Purple Pop, Dharma Plum Dandy, Dharma Eggplant, Dharma Amethyst, Greener Shades Amethyst Purple, Dharma Espresso Bean, Dharma Berry Crush, Dharma Antique Mauve, Dharma Twilight Gray. Dharma Intense Iris, Dharma Lilac, Jacquard Lilac, Dharma Electric Violet, Jacquard Violet, Jacquard Purple, Dharma Royal Purple, Dharma Deep Purple, Jacquard Periwinkle, Dharma Hyacinth, Dharma Delphinium Blue. 

Swatching all of my pink acid dyes across multiple brands. Key: PC - PRO chemical and dye, D - Dharma acid dyes, J - Jacquard Acid Dyes, PF - Paradise Fibers acid dyes and GS - Greener Shades.  Dharma Tangelo, Dharma Peach Blush, Jacquard Salmon, Dharma Pink Orchid, Jacquard Pink, Dharma Fluorescent Fuchsia, Jacquard Hot Fuchsia, Paradise Fibers Magenta, Dharma Deep Magenta. Dharma Valentine Blush, Dharma Ballerina Pink, Dharma Flamingo Pink, Dharma Plum Dandy, Dharma Berry Crush, Dharma Amethyst, Jacquard Chestnut, Dharma Antique Mauve, Jacquard Burgundy, Dharma Cabernet. 


Swatching all of my Blue acid dyes across multiple brands.  Key: PC - PRO chemical and dye, D - Dharma acid dyes, J - Jacquard Acid Dyes, PF - Paradise Fibers acid dyes and GS - Greener Shades.  D. True Turquoise, PF Turquoise, Jacquard Turquoise, Dharma Caribbean Blue, Dharma Frozen, Pro Chem Sea Breeze. Greener Shades River Blue, ProChem Brilliant Blue, Jacquard Brilliant Blue, Jacquard Sapphire, Dharma Sapphire, Paradise Fibers Blue, Dharma Peacock Blue, Jacquard Sky Blue. Dharma Dkar Navy, Dharma Blued Steel, Jacquard Navy Blue, Jacquard Gun Metal. Paradise Fibers Green, Dharma Teal Green, Jacquard Teal, Greener Shades Coral Reef Aqua, Dharma Bright Aqua, Dharma Sea Spray. Jacquard Royal Blue, Dharma Extreme Blue, Dharma Indigo Blue, Dharma Alpine Blue, Dharma Baby Blue Eyes, ProChem Cornflower Blue, Dharma Electric Violet, Jacquard Violet, Dharma Delphinium Blue, ProChem Violet, Dharma Intense Iris, Dharma Twilight Gray, Jacquard Periwinkle. 

Swatching all of my Blue acid dyes across multiple brands, class blue collection.  Close up on Greener Shades River Blue, ProChem Brilliant Blue, Jacquard Brilliant Blue, Jacquard Sapphire, Dharma Sapphire, Paradise Fibers Blue, Dharma Peacock Blue, Jacquard Sky Blue. 

Swatching all of my Blue acid dyes across multiple brands. Close up on bright blues. D. True Turquoise, PF Turquoise, Jacquard Turquoise, Dharma Caribbean Blue, Dharma Frozen, Pro Chem Sea Breeze. 

First Look at ProChemical and Dye Pro Washfast Acid Dye Line - 340 Poppy Red, 367 Watermelon, 119 Sun Yellow, 490 Brilliant Blue, 845 Lilac, 818 Violet, 672 Jet Black, 502 Chocolate Brown, 412 Cornflower, 408 Sea Breeze, 228 Saffron, 826 Deep Orchid, 370 Rhodamine red

First Look at Paradise Fibers Acid Dyes in Brown, Gray, Black, Navy, Blue, Green, Turquoise, Soft Yellow, Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, and Violet.  

First Look at Greener Shades Acid Dyes - Coral Reef Aqua, Amazon Green, Sunrise Yellow, Sunset Orange, Ruby Red, Flame Red, Midnight Black, Amethyst Purple, River Blue


Crude Swatches of 12 Red Acid dyes from Dharma and Jacquard: Dharma Acid Dyes - Cherry Bomb, Fire Engine Red, Poinsettia, Cayenne Red, Chinese Red, Oxblood Red.  Jacquard Acid Dyes - Fire Red, Crimson, Cherry Red, Russet, Scarlet, Vermillion. 

1% Depth of Shade of Reds in Dharma and Jacquard Acid Dyes - In Solution.  Dharma Acid Dyes - Cherry Bomb, Fire Engine Red, Poinsettia, Cayenne Red, Chinese Red, Oxblood Red.  Jacquard Acid Dyes - Fire Red, Crimson, Cherry Red, Russet, Scarlet, Vermillion. 

1% Depth of Shade of Reds in Dharma and Jacquard Acid Dyes on finished dry yarn. Dharma Acid Dyes - Cherry Bomb, Fire Engine Red, Poinsettia, Cayenne Red, Chinese Red, Oxblood Red.  Jacquard Acid Dyes - Fire Red, Crimson, Cherry Red, Russet, Scarlet, Vermillion. 

1% Depth of Shade of Reds in Dharma and Jacquard Acid Dyes on finished dry yarn. Dharma Acid Dyes - Cherry Bomb, Fire Engine Red, Poinsettia, Cayenne Red, Chinese Red, Oxblood Red.  Jacquard Acid Dyes - Fire Red, Crimson, Cherry Red, Russet, Scarlet, Vermillion. 



ChemKnits Dye Along, October 2022. Dharma acid dyes in Dark Navy, Amethyst, Plum Dandy, Cabernet, Teal Green, Emerald, Forest Green, Muck Green, Electric Violet, Royal Purple, Intense Iris, Exterme Blue, Midnight Blue


Does Heat influence the swatching? Dyepot PS #51 (Short answer is Yes! for some colors) Dharma acid dyes in Sage Leaf, Sea Spray, Hyacinth, Dark Navy, Twilight Gray. ProChem Lilac, Violet. 


July 2022 #ChemKnitsDyeAlong: Dharma acid dyes in Teddy Bear Brown, Pecan Brown, chocolate brown, and spearmint breeze.


2022 Chanukah Night 6 - Dharma acid dyes in Duckling, Bright Aqua, Sea Spray, Deep Purple, Pink Orchid


2022 Chanukah Bonus Night 9 - Dharma Acid Dyes in Pink (pink orchid?), hyacinth, electric violet, indigo, eggplant, deep magenta, berry crush, frozen, and spearmint breeze.


Dyepot Weekly #324 - Liquid dye stocks from Dharma acid dyes in Dark Navy, Indigo, Sapphire Blue, Baby Blue Eyes, Sea Spray, Radioactive, and Flamingo Pink. 

Chanukah 2021 Night 4 - Sunset Colors Dharma acid dyes swatches in Fire Engine red, blazing orange, peach blush, honey mustard, brilliant yellow, sunflower yellow, golden poppy, tangelo, cherry bomb, flamingo pink, pink orchid. 


July 2021 #ChemKnitsDyeAlong livestream - Watermelon yarn! Dharma acid dyes in poinsettia, Chinese red, cayenne red, oxblood red, cherry bomb, fire red, amethyst, fluorescent fuschia, flamingo pink, pink orchid, peach blush, chartreuse, sour apple, radioactive, emerald green, kelly green, forest green. 


Mixing all 40 Jacquard Acid Dyes together, what color is the muk liquid?  The muk color came from a combination of all 40 jacquard acid dye powders.  The swatches are all powders unless otherwise noted.  Jacquard acid dyes in - Chestnut, Brown, Burgundy. Dharma acid dyes in Cabernet, espresso bean, antique mauve, auburgine, teddy bear brown, twilight gray, pecan brown. 


May 2021 #ChemKnitsDyeAlong Blue Jays! Dharma acid dyes in Sea Spray, Frozen, Caribbean blue, baby blue eyes, alpine blue, sapphire blue, twilight gray, platinum gray, true black, teddy bear brown, pecan brown, sand dune. 

March 2021 #ChemKnitsDyeAlong.   Dharma acid dyes in Sour Apple, Chartreuse, Lichen, moss Green, honey mustard, teddy bear brown, true black, and silver gray.

In this photo you can see the swatches fromt eh dharma swatch card along with the colors of the dyes.  note how some of the colors look much closer with dry dye powder than they do on the containers. (Note: I cut up a poster and taped the swatches to the tops of the containers, they don't come this way. 

2021 Summer Mini Skein Mini Series Night 1 - Dharma acid dyes in Avocado, Golden Poppy, Brilliant Yellow, Pecan Brown, Golden Straw, Sunflower Yellow, Honey Mustard, Sour Apple, Emerald Green.

Swatching My Green Acid Dyes (Video coming February 2023) - Dharma Forest Green, Jacquard Spruce, D. Emerald, J. Emerald, PF Green, D. Kelly Green, J. Kelly Green, G.S. Amazon Green, D. Chartreuse, J. Chartreuse, D. Radioactive, D.Lichen, D. Sour Apple, J. Olive, D. Olive Brown, D. Tobacco Leaf.  D. Moss Green, D. Avocado, D Sage Leaf, D. Pistachio, D. Spearmint Breeze, D. Sea Spray, PC Seabreeze, D Bright Aqua, J teal, D Teal green, J. Spruce, D Muck Green, and ?? TBD Unreleased green. 
Swatching My Green Acid Dyes (Video coming February 2023) - Dharma Forest Green, Jacquard Spruce, D. Emerald, J. Emerald, PF Green, D. Kelly Green, J. Kelly Green, G.S. Amazon Green, D. Chartreuse, J. Chartreuse, D. Radioactive, D.Lichen, D. Sour Apple, J. Olive, D. Olive Brown, D. Tobacco Leaf.


Swatching My Green Acid Dyes (Video coming February 2023) - D. Moss Green, D. Avocado, D Sage Leaf, D. Pistachio, D. Spearmint Breeze, D. Sea Spray, PC Seabreeze, D Bright Aqua, J teal, D Teal green, J. Spruce, D Muck Green, and ?? TBD Unreleased green. 


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Don't forget that the color intensity of a given brand and color can vary based on the amount of dye I added onto the swatch.  So a color like Teddy Bear Brown may look different in different images.  But pay attention to the hue and temperature of the colors as they compare to the others on the swatch. 

Want to see all of the swatches in one video?  Check them out here: 



This post includes crude swatches I've done from May 2021 - December 2022.  See The following post for crude acid dye swatches done prior to April 2021

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