Beautiful yarns should be dyed beautiful colors.
The natural color of qiviut varies from a silky grey to a flatter camel color. When dying an already dark fiber like qiviut the results are wonderful earth tones, deeper shades of color. No bright yellows here! Blending qiviut with silk or a fine wool will result in brighter jewel tones.
I learned to dye qiviut from an experienced fiber artist. Over 20 years a method to dye qiviut was developed giving us consistent results. The dyes that I use are colorfast, permanent and of a professional qualtiy.
One of the things I do to exhaust the dye in a dye pot after the qiviut has absorbed as much as its going to, is to add something made out of a qiviut/silk/wool blend. The colors of the blended item are never the same. Sometimes they are a pretty pastel and other times bright and vibrant. Ill post some pictures so you can see an example.
Here are a couple of examples of the above method. The first picture shows the natural color along with a 100%Q item and a qiviut blend. The blend is a much brighter shade of raspberry. The next shows half mitts made of the qiviut blend and dyed with the above method.