Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ombre: To Dye For

For some reason, I used to think that "ombre" was something mysterious, relegated to couturiers and high-end designers.  Little did I know that it is simply color gradation achieved through simple dip dyeing.  I got the basic instructions through the Rit Dye website, and added my own perfectionist-tendency engineering.

Supplies:  Dishpan, measuring cup, metal spoon, liquid dye, salt, dishwashing liquid, rope, and brick.

 I used the rope to suspend the garment over a shower rod; rotating the brick a quarter turn provided even intervals of gradation.  The garment needs to be dampened before dyeing, so I did a test run with just water to get a feel for the process.

I timed the intervals about 10 minutes apart.