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Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 18:51:57 EST
From: (Chris)

A long time ago somebody posted the recipe for achieving a fleshtone when dyeing wool. What colors do I mix again?
Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 16:17:16 -0800
From: spark@PEAK.ORG (Pat Spark)

Chris, I am sure that the dye bath would be different depending on the type of flesh color you are seeking. For instance, Northern European Blond would be different than Southern Mediteranean Brunette.

I usually don't dye these color directly, but blend them with my hand cards. I have a variety of beiges, yellows, pinks and browns I card together to get the colors I want. I also use tea and coffee to get some of my browns and beiges. Since these dyes have tannic acid in them, and wool has an affinity for acid, I haven't had any problems with them. Apple bark and walnut hulls also give browns.

Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 21:45:21 -0600
From: (Jill Gully)

Chris, I carry a beige merino as well as a pastel pink and a pastel apricot.  These may help you achieve a good fleshtone.

Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 16:38:39 -0700
From: Sharon Costello & John Arrighi <>

Debbie asks: What is your source for flesh colored wool? Are you dyeing it yourself, if so, what colors are you using to achieve the flesh tones?

Debbie, Wilde Wools out of Philadelphia makes a perfect flesh color. It's a romney cross and works quite well for dry needle felting, but if you are used to merino you might find it a bit hairy. They also make a color perfect for rosey cheeks, etc. I think its called red rock, but my computer is at home and my fiber stuff at my studio, so if you want more details it will have to wait.

Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 15:23:26 -0700
From: Lynn/Ken <>

Whose flesh? Anglo flesh, or do they have all flesh colors?  I'd really appreciate finding non-Anglo flesh colors.
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999 22:40:29 -0700
From: Sharon Costello & John Arrighi <>

Lynn, Wilde Wool makes a gold, chestnut, flesh and red rock that can be blended to get all kinds of skin colors.
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 18:55:51 EDT

Lynn & others interested in Wilde's NZ romney for flesh tones -- Wilde's "flesh" is pinky flesh colored but they also have a natural brown, a natural fawn and a dyed "chestnut". Used singly or mixed in combination, they'll give you quite a few different skin tones. Address is: Wilde Yarns, 3737 Main St. Box 4662, Philadelphia, PA 19127-0662. Phone - 215-482-8800.  Carded wool samples are $1.50.

Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 15:00:56 -0800
From: Joi Cardinal <>

I'm interested in what others use for flesh tones. I've had the best luck with combining Jacquard Dye, chestnut and hot fuschia, leaving the wool in the dye bath only a very short time. Varying the proportions of these two leads to a wide variety of skin tones.
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 18:15:00 -0600

What amount of dye in what volume of water? I have tried some ProcionMX combos like soft pink and camel and it was was too sad; sort of dirty, rather than flesh of any variety. Acid dye makes more sense, because you don't have to go thru the base-acid change, which takes longer.
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 16:45:50 -0800
From: Joi Cardinal <>

Rikki -In very unscientific terms -- a lot of water (I use a 4-quart stock pot for dying) and very little of each dye powder, probably less than 1/8 teaspoon, mixed very well. I don't let the wool sit in the dye bath; instead I just dip the roving in until I get the shade I want. When the wool dries, if it's not the shade I want, I dip it some more. Once I left some dye in the chestnut/fuschia mix; it came out very dark, looked very much like a fox pelt.
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 20:24:14 -0500
From: "Altobelli" <>

I do my own dyeing with weak acid stock solutions I make up at a 2% strength. For flesh tones, I prepare 30 ml. of Crimson, 30 ml. of Lemon Yellow and 1 ml of Turquoise (these are CIBA-like dyes). For at least 300 g. of roving I would start out by using about 3 ml. of this dye. You can always add more, but you would have to blend with white to get lighter flesh tones. This worked out very well. Very fleshy.

From: " goldenfleece" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 19:04:53 -0800

For a good "suntan" skintone, I have been using tea and a little cider vinegar. The vinegar might not be necessary as tea has tannic acid in it for a mordant. Boil enough water to cover project and add 2 - several teabags, swishing them around until the water is dark enough, remove bags and add about 2 Tblspns to 1/4 cider vinegar. (This isn't very scientific) Then soak the wool until it looks a little darker than you want because some is going to wash out. It doesn't take very long. I have thought of adding a little bit of red dye (I've been using Procion) to get a rosier skin tone, but haven't tried it yet. Pam in WA.
From: "Sherry Konya" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 08:20:44 -0600

I also use the tea but with white vinegar. Sometimes I add a little instant coffee too if I want a little darker skin tone. Works well for me.
From: (Amy)
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 13:52:35 EST

I use two bags of regular tea and one bag of Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger....great peachier tones, but watch out not to leave it in too long...the red gets redder!
From: (Leslie)
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 19:16:51 EST

Amy, Are these color- and/or light- fast then?
From: (Amy)
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 19:36:16 EST

Leslie, I used the tea bath to dye a small doll I made for my two year old...she named it Thomas Dolly and has had it only a few months, so I don't know how lightfast it will be... He still looks great and I know he has spent a lot of time in the sunny living fading so far. I am an experimental dyer and rarely write anything down, I am sorry to say. Well, just typing that made me want to keep better records, ha!

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