The Pride Flag Colorways Project

Hey, indie dyers! I've been doing lots of color tests for Pride flag colorways lately, and I'd like to offer up my color recipes to any dyers that would like to use them. I ask that, if you use these recipes:

  1. Please credit the Pride Flag Colorways Project. When you promote your work, please link to this page or use the hashtag #pridecolorways.

  2. Please donate 5% or more of your proceeds to an organization that serves the LGBTQ+ community in a way that's inclusive of transgender people and people of color. (There are so many great organizations out there, but I'd like to shout out the LGBT National Help Center, if you're looking for a great option.)

  3. If you want to, please suggest Pride flags to add to the list, and/or add your recipes! Drop me a note at jen@626yarns.com to contribute.

  4. If folks use these colors, I'd be super happy to promote their work. If you'd like me to link to your items, please let me know!

A few notes about the recipes and photos below:

  1. Part of Pride, to me, is about celebrating all the myriad ways people can express gender and sexuality; please don't take this list as comprehensive at all. This list will, ideally, grow and evolve all the time. Many flags and colors aren't totally standardized either (seriously; I saw a fight on Wikimedia Commons over a shade of purple that devolved into name-calling). I've tried to match Pride flags I have at home and/or images I've found online, but you could have tons of fun mixing and matching the shades you like! I'm posting these as a starting point that I hope will be helpful, but definitely nothing "authoritative" or "definitive".

  2. I'm also no expert on Pride flags; if you're willing and able to educate me about any potential issues or inaccuracies that you see, I would be so grateful to hear from you (jen@626yarns.com!). I know some flags grow controversial as issues of inclusivity and symbolism arise.

  3. I use Depth of Shade (DOS) to note how much dye powder I'm using for a given weight of yarn. 1% DOS refers to an amount of dye powder that's 1% of the amount of yarn being dyed, by weight (e.g. 1g of dye for 100g of yarn). Beginning dyers: to dye 1% DOS, I typically mix a 1% dye stock (say, 1g of dye powder for 100 ml of water), and then use the same weight of dye stock to yarn. It's way easier to measure diluted dye stock precisely than it is to measure teeny tiny amounts of dye powder accurately.

  4. Hopefully, I can expand someday, but for now, all dyes are Jacquard Acid Dyes, and the yarn samples in my photos are all dyed on sock yarn that's 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon.

  5. A few of these are still blank, as of this writing, but I hope to fill them in soon, like over the course of this week (5/3/21). Nailing the right shades is tough sometimes!

 

Rainbow Pride Flag

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There are a bunch of rainbow pride flags; click through the slideshow to see:

  1. The 6-color rainbow Pride flag (the one I think of as the most common one, but I'm no expert).

  2. The 8-color flag, designed in 1977 by Gilbert Baker.

  3. The 7-color flag, designed in 1978, also by Gilbert Baker (pink and turquoise were removed, and a violet color added).

  4. The Philadelphia 8-color flag, which adds brown and black to the 6-color version.

  5. The "Progress" Pride flag, designed in 2019 by Daniel Quasar.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Transgender Pride Flag

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The trans Pride flag was designed in 1999 by Monica Helms.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Non-Binary Pride Flag

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The non-binary Pride flag was designed in 2014 by Kye Rowan.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Genderfluid/Genderflexible Pride Flag

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The genderfluid/genderflexible Pride flag was designed in 2012 by JJ Poole.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Genderqueer Pride Flag

The genderqueer Pride flag was designed in 2011 by Marilyn Roxie.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Intersex Pride Flag

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The intersex Pride flag was designed in 2013 by Organisation Intersex International Australia (now Intersex Human Rights Australia).

 

Agender Pride Flag

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The agender Pride flag was designed in 2014 by Salem.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Lesbian Pride Flag

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It sounds like a widely-used lesbian flag is still under discussion, maybe? This one was designed in 2018 by Emily (Tumblr user @sadlesbeandisaster).

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Bisexual Pride Flag

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The bisexual Pride flag was designed in 1998 by Michael Page.

 

Pansexual Pride Flag

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The pansexual Pride flag was designed in 2010. (I can't seem to find who designed it, though?)

 

Polysexual Pride Flag

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The polysexual Pride flag was designed in 2012 by Tumblr user Samlin.

* .5% is good, too. 1% is VERY BRIGHT. .5% is still vivid, but less AGGRESSIVELY BRIGHT. 1% is pictured in my photos.

 

Asexual Pride Flag

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The asexual Pride flag was designed through a contest sponsored by the Asexual Visibility and Education Network. The winning design was created in 2010 by AVEN online community member "standup".

 

Demisexual Pride Flag

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The demisexual Pride flag was designed in 2006, but I haven't found info about who designed it.

 

Aromantic Pride Flag

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The aromantic Pride flag was designed in 2014 by Tumblr user @cameronwhimsy.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Polyamory Pride Flag

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The polyamory Pride flag was designed in 1995 by Jim Evans.

 

Demigirl Pride Flag

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The demigirl Pride flag was designed in 2014 by Salem.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Demiboy Pride Flag

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The demiboy Pride flag was designed in 2014 by Salem.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!

 

Deminonbinary/Demienby Pride Flag

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The deminonbinary Pride flag was designed in 2014 by Salem.

Note: I use that tint for white because I'm trying to neutralize warm tones on natural yarn. Your mileage may vary!