A wonderful neutral, found by accident
Some of my favorite colors have been "discovered" by accident. During a small dye lesson I asked a student to mix up the mystery color on page XXXX in my dye book, Dyeing by the Numbers. When I added the dye to the dye pot, the color looked wrong. The demonstration I had planned* did not happen, but instead we got a wonderful brown.
After the students left, I redyed the color and it worked fine. I then wondered if black was used by error instead of blue. I tested this color and found the wonderful brown again. I dyed it light and dark, all shades are great.
To get this wonderful brown simply use the measurement for blue to measure black. Do not add any blue at all.
*I am being vague here because I do not want to reveal the mystery dye color. The mystery color is a great demonstration of how the different colors of dye are taken up at different temperatures. See my dye book, Dyeing by the Numbers, for a more complete description of this process. The color it starts out is dramatically different from the final color. This a color that most people find very easy to use. If you cannot use it, you will be able to trade it with just about anyone.
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