Dye Techniques

I know that the different dye techniques can get confusing, so here’s where I explain the different dye techniques I offer. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Solid color: This dyes the carrier an even, solid color.

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Example of a solid color dye on a Pavo Etini Coal

Acid dyeing: This is for silk blends only. This dyes the silk in a wrap the selected color, and the cotton in the wrap shifts color slightly. Usually the cotton shifts to a paler version of the same selected color, but sometimes it will take on a slightly different tone.

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Example of an acid dye on a silk blend Tekhni Meandros Chai

Painted dye rainbows: This is a multi-color dye technique that creates smooth, even lines of color. The colors will blend slightly where they touch each other.

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Example of a painted dye rainbow on a Tekhni Galene Arctica

Spiky/mottled low water immersion (LWI): This is a multi-color dye technique that can have many outcomes depending on your vision. Generally this will create spiky lines and interesting mottling. This is definitely a funky technique that creates one-of-a-kind, non-replicable looks!

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Example of a spiky low water immersion on a Tekhni Petradi

Ombre: Ombre is an umbrella term which describes colors blending into one another or blending from a light to dark shade. I offer two types of ombre dyeing: painted ombre and dip ombre. There are advantages and disadvantages to each technique.

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Painted ombre: Painted ombre is one of the two ombre techniques I offer. It results in bold, vibrant colors, and is especially wonderful if you are looking for a very deep color such as black. It offers more control over the colors than a dip ombre does, resulting in more predictable colors and more predictable blending. It can be done with a single color that goes from light to dark, or it can be done with multiple colors. Some fabrics may show lines of gradation in this type of ombre work, and there may occasionally be spots where the dye has dropped or flicked. This technique is not suitable for Pamirs due to their unique woven quality.

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Example of a painted ombre on a Kokadi Mr. Wunderland

Dip ombre: Dip ombre is the second type of ombre I offer and is what most people think of when they think of traditional ombre dyeing. I offer one or two colors for this technique, most often from each rail but occasionally from the same rail if the colors work together. Dip ombre creates very smooth ombre shadings. The disadvantages of this technique over the painted ombre are greater unpredictability of colors (as the colors dilute, they can take on unexpected tones) and are harder to know exactly where the color will end, and some fabrics do not take the dye as easily with this technique, which may result in lighter colors.

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Vatanai Pamir, ombre dyed

Example of a dip ombre on a Vatanai Pamir

Fabric paint embellishments: Fabric paint detailing adds a fun final touch to a dye project or is a great stand-alone project to personalize an undyed carrier. They can be large or small, but I always recommend putting them on a tail of a woven wrap as the stiffness of even the softest fabric paint can affect the wrapping qualities. I use Jacquard and Lumiere fabric paints, which are very high quality and long lasting.

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Example of a fabric paint embellishment on a Kokadi Samtpfoten

Ice dyeing: This technique has aspects that are similar to spiky low water immersion, but the colors are more unexpected. This technique breaks down the dyes into their component colors, creating beautiful and unpredictable shapes and patterns. This technique looks best on a very simple, plain wrap.

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Example of an ice dye on a Tiny Tiger American Beauty

Example of an ice dye on a Tiny Tiger American Beauty

Color stripping: Stripping is an unpredictable process. Sometimes it removes all the color from a wrap, sometimes it will remove one color but not another, sometimes it will change the existing colors to completely new colors, and sometimes the colors don’t change at all. When undertaking a stripping project, it’s important to keep an open mind.

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Example of a BabyEtte Sunayana Java stripped

Example of a BabyEtte Sunayana Java stripped