Color MATCHING DYE formulas

Acid dye formulas That match pantone®* colors.

Choose from 1,800+ acid dye formulas that can be applied to: Wool, Mohair, Alpaca, Silk, Nylon, and other fibers receptive to acid dyes

*Pantone® numbers and swatches are for color comparison only. Acid dye formulas are not affiliated with or endorsed by Pantone®.


What’s included:

After purchasing a formula you will receive a PDF containing the following information:

  • The brand of acid dyes needed and specific colors to match the desired color.

    • Brands of dyes used include Dharma, PRO Washfast Acid Dyes, & Greener Shades.

      (Substituting different dye brands can yield really close colors, even though it might not be quite as close as the recommended dyes. The formula is a big time saver and can be adjusted to your needs.)

  • The amount of each color to use in both dry dye powder or with dye powder mixed into a 1% solution.

  • The amount of water to add if you prefer to mix the color into a stock solution for direct application.

  • The amount of citric acid to add for a given weight of yarn/fiber to be dyed.

  • The weight of yarn/fiber which the formula was calculated for (ex 100g) .

  • The Pantone® U number and a color swatch that matches the color for future color reference/record keeping. (Please note that this color when printed will be close, but will not be an exact match to the Pantone® formula guide swatch due to variations in printer inks.)

Sample formula

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Pricing:

$10 per dye formula

ordering process:

Step 1: Select a color to match by choosing from the following options:

  • Option 1: Select a color from a photograph

  • Option 2: Select a Pantone® color

Step 2: Click “Add to Cart” button below to input color choice, weight of goods (optional), and to purchase dye formula


STEP 1: SELECTing A COLOR TO MATCH

This video explains how to select a digital color and purchase a matching acid dye formula. You can start with either a photograph or a Pantone® U color. Please note that this is not affiliated with or endorsed by Pantone® and that the Pantone® numbers and colors are used purely for color comparison purposes.
 

OPTION 1: STARTING WITH A PHOTOGRAPH

  1. Upload your image or photograph (click here).

  2. Once uploaded, click on the photo to select a color area that you want to match.

  3. Copy the hex number that corresponds to your selected color.

  4. Click here to open Pantone®’s color finder website. Make sure Pantone® book “Pantone® Formula Guide Uncoated” is selected and the color space is “Hex”. Convert the selected color’s hex number to a Pantone® U number. Make sure you are selecting a Pantone® U color. As an example click here and do a search for color 506 and note the difference between the Coated vs. Uncoated color.

  5. After finding a color number you would like to match, record the number and continue with Step 2 below.

    Note: When the color that you select to match is depicted on your monitor it will be close to the Pantone® swatch in the “Formula Guide Uncoated” book, but due to variations in monitors, the color of the formula might be slightly different on fiber. Read the FAQ to see how to obtain a sample color swatch to ensure color accuracy.

OPTION 2: STARTING WITH A PANTONE® COLOR

See video above for starting with a Pantone® color.

  1. Start with a Pantone® uncoated color. If you don’t have access to a Pantone® “Formula Guide Uncoated” book, you can search for an uncoated Pantone® color from Pantone’s® website by clicking here. If you select a color from a different formula book, the dye formula your order may not match. Searching for a color (instead of scrolling down and clicking on one) may yield colors from different color books. To be certain, the number should end with the letter U for uncoated (ex. 506 U).

  2. After finding a color to match, record the number, and continue with Step 2 below.

    Note: When the color that you select to match is depicted on your monitor it will be close to the Pantone® swatch in the “Formula Guide Uncoated” book, but due to variations in monitors, the color of the formula might be slightly different on fiber. Read the FAQ to see how to obtain a sample color swatch to ensure color accuracy.


STEP 2: CLICK “Add to cart” BUTTON below to purchase color matching dye formula

You will be asked to select the number of dye formulas you wish to purchase, then click the “Add to cart” button.

A form will pop up asking you to input:

  • The weight of the yarn/fiber to be dyed.

    If the weight field is left blank, the formula you receive will be adjusted for dyeing 100 grams of fiber and you can make the necessary mathematical changes based on your needs. If you would like a previously purchased formula recalculated for a different weight, select “New weight” option under the “Number of formulas” selection area.

  • The Pantone® U number(s) you wish to match.


Please note the following:

  • For optimal color matching results use natural white/ecru undyed yarn or fiber. However, a beautiful over dyed effects can be achieved with light grays and browns as well! My formulas were developed using an 80/20 superwash wool/nylon yarn blend. If you’re newer to dyeing you can read about my dyeing process and some helpful suggestions to achieve the closest colors in the “Dyeing Tips & Methods” PDF.

  • There are many variables that might influence the outcome of your colors and these formulas are intended for someone with some experience dyeing yarn/fiber, using dye studio equipment such as 1mL and 10mL syringes, mixing a 1% dye stock solution, prepping fiber or yarn for dyeing, and following dye safety procedures. Each dyer is unique in how they apply dye to their fiber so the formula presented is merely an ingredient list, not a step by step recipe with detailed instructions. If you would like to read more about how I mix up my dyes, apply my dyes, and get the best results using these formulas, you can read my “Dyeing Tips & Methods” PDF.

  • Different lighting conditions (i.e. fluorescent lighting vs natural lighting), color differences in monitors, color differences in printers, the use of naturally colored yarn/fiber (non-white), and fiber types different than those used during testing may influence the way the colors appear. The formulas provided are to give the customer a very close starting point to color matching a Pantone® color from the Pantone® “Solid Uncoated Formula Guide” with a very high success rate when using optimal color matching materials and conditions. The formulas will work on all fibers dyeable with acid dyes. Dyers are highly encouraged to consult the printed formula guide prior to purchasing a a dye formula. If the guide is unavailable, please read the FAQ to see how to obtain a sample color swatch to ensure color accuracy.

  • Due to the variable nature of dyeing conditions minor modifications might need to be made to get the exact color you wish to match. Such variables can include but are not limited to: water used, time allotted for dye absorption, dye lots from dye manufacturers, acids used, heat application method and dye application methods. Dyers are encouraged to do a sample test swatch before dyeing large quantities to ensure accuracy of color.

  • Some formulas might require more than one brand of dye to be mixed in addition to multiple dye colors. After receiving the dye formula you can try substituting whatever brands/colors you have on hand, but know that the colors might not be as accurate as using the exact specified brands and colors. The three most used brands are Dharma Acid Dyes, PRO Washfast Acid Dyes, & Greener Shades Acid Dyes. Jacquard and Ashford acid dyes can be substituted but have not been tested for their accuracy as a substitution.


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