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How to Ombré Dye Garments for a Gradient Effect

Threads magazine - 148 – April/May 2010
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Ombré dyeing methods blend colors and create a gradation of shades that fade into each other seamlessly. Historically, this effect has been created through a dip-dye process, but nowadays, you can also use a spray bottle to blend a color (or colors) into the fabric’s original shade. Spray dyeing makes it easier to concentrate color in a small area of your garment, while dip-dyeing is used mostly to add color to a larger garment section.

Regardless of the method you use, choosing the right fabric-dye combination is the key to getting great results. Cellulose fibers such as cotton and rayon require high-pH (alkaline) dyes. Protein-based fibers such as wool and mohair require an low-pH (acidic) dyes. Never use an alkaline dye on animal hair fibers; it will destroy it (think Nair). Ombré dyeing offers you the ability to add a bit of color to your own designs or any…

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