DIP DYEING FABRIC WITH INDIGO- OMBRE TUTORIAL
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-Linen Pillow- I made this one with an envelope back but these cotton pillows are really great- 100% Cotton Pillows 4 pack- https://amzn.to/3xwrPnO
If you prefer to use an indigo kit this is a good one-
-Jacquard Indigo Kit: https://amzn.to/3qaonN3
Indigo ingredients for a 2x2x1 vat
- Pre-reduced indigo- https://amzn.to/2UmMaOh
-Soda Ash- Sodium Carbonate- https://amzn.to/3vAxKqw
-Bucket 3-5 Gallons- https://amzn.to/3cQTlVi
-Synthrapol- dyers' detergent- https://amzn.to/3cSPNls
-Drop Cloth https://amzn.to/3vAhFBe
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Dip dyeing is such a beautiful and simple technique. Another name for dip dyeing is ombre. Ombre is having a moment when it comes to hair dyeing and nails- but its also possible to do it on fabric! It's simple but a little tricky. I takes patience but it's worth the time and effort.
First make sure that you are working with a natural fiber- like cotton or linen. I'm working with linen. It's one of my favorite fibers to work with when it comes to indigo. You will also need to wash the fabric- also known as scouring.
Next you will need to prep your indigo vat- I'm using an existing one. If you need to punch it up you can add a small amount of chemicals or mix up a new indigo vat.
Then I got the fabric wet and I dipped the pillow first to the half way mark of the pillow. I held it with my hands in a circular way to keep the fabric not touching itself. After I dipped it for about a minute. I took it out and put it on the rack to dry. Make sure your rack is clean. I let it dry and then I washed it with synthrapol. I washed it by hand since it is so small. Then I let it dry completely. I decided for the second dip I would do a dry dip to avoid getting the tendrils drawn up into the white section. It's a little trick to get the dry fabric to go into the vat on an even plane. But I just worked it in slowly and let it really soak up the indigo. I honestly really like working with dry dip because it seems to get the darkest color. For the second dip, I dipped it about 2 inches above the first line of the first dip. I held it in the vat for another minute and then I put on the drying rack to dry again.
I only did two dips for this one, but you can do as many dips as you want to get the desired shade. If you make a dip dye piece be sure to post it on instagram and tag me @onyxartstudios so I can see your results!
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