The Rit Studio: How to Ombré Dye

How to Ombré Dye

Ombré is a French word meaning “to shade” and is often used to describe a dip-dye effect given to fabric in which the shades of color graduate from light to dark. The most sophisticated look is based on a monochromatic color scheme, but three different complementary colors can also be combined. The look is all about color, with the feeling an artist has dipped and shaded the colors by hand. Sometimes a little white is left showing to create a more dramatic dipped effect, like in the lampshade video.

This simple dyeing technique lends itself to all types of garments, fashion accessories, such scarves and sneakers, and home décor accents, such as placemats, table runners, napkins and lampshades. Ombre dyeing gives a touch of sophistication to whatever it colors.

 

Prep, dye and clean up time: About 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • White garment or fabric, made of cotton, rayon, linen, silk or nylon
  • Rit Dye, liquid or powder
  • 2-Cup measuring cup
  • 3-Gallon plastic bin or dishpan
  • Large metal spoon
  • Rubber gloves
  • Salt or white vinegar
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Dowel rod, 1″ diameter
  • Paper towels
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Plastic table cover

Step by Step

  1. Prewash garment or fabric to remove any finishes that may prevent absorption of the dyes.

  2. Cover work surface with a plastic table cover.

  3. To determine how much dye is needed: Weigh or estimate the weight of the garment or fabric to be dyed. As a guideline, 1 box of powdered dye or ½ cup liquid dye will color 1 lb. dry weight fabric. For dark colors and for more intense bright colors, double the amount of dye used.

  4. Wear rubber gloves and shake liquid dye bottles before pouring. Measure or pour dye into a 2-cup measuring cup. For cotton, rayon and linen fabrics, add 1 cup salt. For silk and nylon fabrics, add 1 cup white vinegar. Fill with very hot water; stir well. If water is not hot enough (140º F), heat water in the microwave or a tea kettle.

  5. Fill 3-gallon plastic bin or container with 2 gallons very hot water. Pour dye solution into water, add a squirt of liquid detergent; stir well.

  6. Wet garment and squeeze out excess water.

  7. Wrap two-thirds of garment or fabric around a dowel rod. Immerse bottom one-third of item in dye bath for 10 minutes, gently moving it back and forth and up and down.

  8. Then dip middle section of garment or fabric in dye bath for 5 minutes, gently lifting and lowering it to create lighter and darker shades or until desired shade is achieved.

  9. Then, unroll top section of garment or fabric and quickly dip it in dye bath just long enough to achieve a very light shade. Or, if desired, top section can remain white.

  10. Remove fabric from dye bath and wring out excess dye. Rinse fabric under cool running water, holding the lightest color at the top. This allows the dye to flow through to the darkest area.

  11. Then rinse fabric in warm water until water runs clear. Wash fabric in warm water with detergent. Rinse thoroughly and wring out excess water. Machine dry or hang to dry.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jerrie,
    We recommend using the Rit Color remover first before over-dyeing. Without removing current color, you have a higher chance of coming out with unsuccessful results.Let us know if you have anymore questions!

  • Liz

    Hello.nIm looking to dye some fabric for a swimsuit. Kind of a dark fuchsia like your red violet 552 (i think…). I know a lot of people dont recommend it as the heat will warp the spandex, but the fabric hasnt been used yet. I just bought it from a fabric store. Would rit dye work or should i try something else?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Liz, Rit is not recommended to dye swimming suits. These garments are generally exposed to either chlorine or strong sunlight. Chlorine will cause immediate loss of color and strong sunlight will fade the color. Sorry about that.

  • Angelica Mathews

    I read the recommendation to use the Rit Color remover first before over-dyeing…..but what if the original color is say turquoise and I using green dyes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angelica, according to the list, if you have a light Blue or Turquoise, then it can be covered over with Kelly Green or Dark Green but this works best with 100% cotton fabrics. If you have a combination fabric, it is impossible to achieve a dark color. Hope this information is helpful…

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Yvonne, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. We have emailed you some questions to assist you further with your project. Thanks.

  • Nicole Parente

    I have a cotton/polyester sheet that I am going to dye. It’s 50/50, not sure if I should use salt or vinegar, or both?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nicole, Thank you for reaching out. Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents Rit dye from penetrating. If the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. Since the fabric is 50% polyester, the resulting color will be a light or off shade. Should you chose to dye the sheet, you would add 1 cup of salt for the cotton portion of the fabric. Hope this helps.

  • Maria

    I want to get a peach color, but i dont know which dye colors to use help pls:)

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Anna, Thank you for your question. It will be safe to dye as long as it is a washable fabric. We would recommend starting with the pink on the bottom and then gradually going into the royal blue. The ombre directions will help you with a technique on how to do this: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/ombre/

  • Emily

    what is the weight for 1 box of powdered dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily,
      One box of powder will dye up to 1 lb of dry weight fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Kevin, You might try spot dyeing the areas that would you would like to appear brown. Instructions for spot dyeing can be found by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Also, if you would like to try to match the brown shade that was on the jeans originally, you might send a picture to us and we can ask our dye doctor if he can create a color recipe. You can submit a picture by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/request-a-color-formula/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Ryan

    Hi, I have a navy back pack that I would like to dye black but want to keep due off of the leather bottom and patches on the back pack. How would you suggest doing this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ryan, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to successfully protect the patches or bottom of the back pack as black requires a long agitation time in the dye bath to achieve proper results and brushing it on would not achieve the desired effect. Since you are overdyeing Navy Blue you would also want to add in 1/2 package of Dark Brown. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Sarah

    I want to dye a slip cover navy blue, but the trim is white, how can I do this without color bleed? Its already dark blue but has faded over time, then when washed it bled color into the white trim turning it light blue. I have the Navy RIT and RIT Bleach and color remover. It’s heavy canvas, any advice would be great!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, Rit products are intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath. Color remover is used to remove or lighten all dye and take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Unfortunately, there is not a way to keep just the trim white. Sorry about that.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Roimata Rifle

    I have three tops that are 92% polyamide and 8% spandex. I would like to remove the color from all three of them and re dye another color. Will both Rit dye remover and Rit dye color work on this type of fabric combination?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Our current core Rit Dye colors do not work on polyamide and spandex fabrics. We apologize for any inconvenience, however, we are very excited to announce that this April we will be releasing Rit Dye More that will work on these fabrics. We have added you onto the list to receive an e-mail when the product launches as well as a coupon to try it out. Thank you for your interest in Rit!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Roimata Rifle

    What Rit color will turn a light pink shade on 97% cotton, 3% spandex to a more ‘dirty’ looking shade of pink? I am trying to tone down the current pink as it is too light a shade for me.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, In order to assist with your dye project, we are going to email you information on how to achieve a dirty pink color along with a color recipe for this shade.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rose, We have heard of individuals using the Rit Color Remover to create an ombre effect. You would want to be very careful to only hold the portion you want the color removed from carefully in the Rit Color Remover. Keep a close eye on it and be careful when rinsing to ensure no excess solution gets onto the colored portion. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kendra Tedder

    I have a dress that is ivory satin and tulle with black lace. I would like to dye it apple red but would like the black lace to stay black. Will the red dye affect the black? Any suggestion on color mixing?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kendra, Satin can be made from various fabrics. If it is made from silk or nylon, it is dyeable. If the satin is made from polyester, it is not dyeable. When dyeing over black with red, the black will remain black. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Anne, Please send in a picture of the color you are trying to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will do our best to try to create a custom color recipe for you. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com julee pyke

    Looking to make a peach colour?? any recommendations

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Aaron, You could hold out the portion you do not want dyed as well as the portion of fabric that will be in between the blue. Dip in the blue section first and leave it in until it is starting to get the shade you are looking for. You can then dip in the next section leaving the blue section still in. When done, pull it out and spray the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative all over the fabric and let it set for 20 minutes. You can then microwave it for 1-2 minutes to try to set the dye even more before rinsing. Be careful when rinsing to ensure the white portion does not get a blue tint. Hope this helps!

  • icfashionstudio

    Will I be able to dye wine red chiffon until it fades into black at the bottom? Will it be even if I fold the fabric ? Its 5 yrds wide.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Chiffon can be made from various fabrics. What is the fabric content listed on the fabric care label? If polyester or another synthetic fabric, we would recommend waiting until our new synthetic dye, Dye More, is released in April. Traditional Rit dyes will only work on cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, nylon, silk or wool. The synthetic line does not have a black dye, it does have a color called graphite. It may be difficult to fade into a black. The fabric would need to be able to freely move around. If folded it may not dye evenly.

  • http://www.lifeasamagpie.com LifeAsAMagpie

    If I have a dress that is a cotton/nylon blend, do i use vinegar or salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, If the cotton content is higher, then we would add Salt. If the Nylon content is higher, then we would add vinegar. If the amounts are equal then we would add salt. Hope this this information is helpful.

      • http://www.lifeasamagpie.com LifeAsAMagpie

        Thank you! Yes, that helps a bunch 😉 There’s more cotton than nylon.

  • Mary M

    I have a white (100% cotton) dress I’d like to Ombre dye but instead of going white to Color I’d like to shade from yellow to orange. What is the best way to achieve this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mary,
      We would suggest starting with dyeing the item yellow and then using orange to ombre over the yellow. The following project from found on our website will show you how ombre was achieved using two colors. https://www.ritdye.com/2014/02/19/ombre-dip-dyed-paisley-necktie/ Hope this helps!

      • Mary M

        Thank you that is exactly what I was looking for

  • Lolly

    I want to dye a bedskirt a muted purple or plum. How would I go about getting this shade instead of bright purple?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lolly, Thank you for reaching out. Please send a photo of the color you are looking to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe for you.

  • Raynebow Ashes

    Is there a tutorial for how to do this with three colors? I need to do a flame ombré (yellow/orange/red from top to bottom) on a sheer fabric to make a costume for a client because it seems that no one makes and sells fabric like that (though I did recently find a scarf like that but with blue on the bottom).

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We do not have a specific tutorial on using three colors. What is the fabric content of the sheer fabric you are wanting to dye?

      • Raynebow Ashes

        I don’t know. I haven’t gotten the fabric yet, though I will probably be using chiffon (taffeta if all else fails).

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jillian, It would still be the same technique, but we would suggest using the stove top method to allow the dye to really enter the fibers of the fabric. Hope this helps!

    • Jillian

      What combination of rit dyemore would you suggest if I wanted to go from a light peach color to a dark peach?

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Jillian,
        Unfortunately we do not have a recipe for Peach with DyeMore at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jillian, Thank you so much for sharing. It is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Richard J Martin

    RitDye More for polyester fabrics. I can’t find it in stores. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Richard,
      The best place to find Dye More in stores is at Hobby Lobby. It can also be purchased from the following link from our website. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://chirutsu-art.tumblr.com Chirutsu

    Hello, would it be possible to use this method on these socks: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NQDJ88S?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00 (in color blue and the fabric is cotton) to get the effect that are on this girl’s socks? https://36.media.tumblr.com/104512de8450faa54b7ffe68aafb68b6/tumblr_nr07p1lq4u1tro114o1_500.png (Just the orange ombre, i would use paint for the fish and other shapes on the top) Thanks in advance..

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If they were blue socks, you would need to remove the top portion of the color with the Rit Color Remover as the orange would not successfully dye over the blue. You could carefully hold the top part into the color remover solution to remove the top portion of color to then dye them orange. Hope this helps!

      • http://chirutsu-art.tumblr.com Chirutsu

        Ok, I’ll make sure to try that! Thank you so much!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Zoe, It is hard to say when overdyeing. For best results, if the item can be submerged in hot water we would suggest using Rit Color Remover and redyeing. Please keep in mind the wool could shrink and to be careful when agitating to prevent felting.

  • NewbieCrafty

    Is it possible to do an ombré with more then one color? Can you give any tips? Thank you!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi, The Rit Studio offers many color recipes for mixing colors. To view Rit’s color recipes at The Rit Studio go to the https://www.ritdye.com/. At the home page, scroll over “Color Library” and click on “Archive Colors”, in the drop down box. In the 2nd paragraph, you will see we archived the 500+ colors for you here. Also, at the very end of the 2nd paragraph, you will see favorite former Rit Dye core colors here. Clicking on “here” in either place will bring up recipes along with their pictures. Should you choose to mix colors on your own, we would recommend testing the color of the dyebath by dipping a paper towel into it. Hope this information is helpful.

  • janice

    how to dye in a front loading washing machine

  • Kristy

    I have a pair of jeans that were probably the darkest possible blue. What do recommend for freshening them up?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Link Hyrulia

    I was wondering how I would go about making a blue to purple ombre effect. I have to start out with white fabric because thats what I have. Would I just dye it blue first and then put purple over it? Or red if the colors would blend/mix?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If you are looking to go from blue to purple, you would want to mix dye baths of the blue and purple dye. Dip only one end in the dye and gradually remove that portion of the fabric until you have an ombre effect of blues on that end. Next, dip in the other end of fabric into the other color of dye and do the same thing to gradually fade that into different shades of purple. Hope this helps!

  • Maj

    Hi Jillian! The skirt looks great! Would you be willing to share your method for dip dying? Wondering if you varied the time the fabric was in the dye or the amount of water. Thanks!

  • nany

    I am knitting a simple hat in yarn which is : 65% wool/35% organic cotton, this super-bulky weight. It is white now. It is in simple 2×2 rib. I want to ombre dye this black, dark brown, brown, golden yellow. May you advise how to achieve this look?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Unfortunately, since you are working with such a small item, it would be very difficult to achieve the ombre look with so many different color classes.

    • Nikki

      You could achieve it by using the dye as a paint, applying toe lighter colors first, then layering the dark over them they’ll bleed I together. You’d have to soak it before hand – my cousin’s a yarn designer, it’s a process I’ve witnessed but can’t recall all the details. You might try Ravelry.com and ask the indie yarn dying designers their advice.

  • Milana Jean-Francois

    Hello! I am currently trying to use this process for a tulle tutu skirt. The tulle is going to be nylon. I wanted to know if that was possible!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Milana, Thank you for reaching out. Nylon is natural material so yes it can be dyed with Rit Dyes, because its nylon you would add 1 cup of vinegar to the dye bath to help pop the color. Make sure water is hot 140-160 degrees then add dye, before you put the skirt in make sure it is wet or damp (this helps with evenness) then constantly stir/agitate for 30 minutes to adhere/stick the dye to the fibers of material. Once in rinse cycle run under water until water runs clear, this gets rid of all the excess dye that did not stick. Hope this helps, if we can help further let us know!

  • Lisa

    I am attempting to dip-dye or ombre a red cotton t-shirt with black dye. Do I start with wet or dry fabric and do I need to add green dye to the black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa, We recommend wetting the fabric and squeezing out the excess water as mentioned in step 6 under Ombre dyeing. When dyeing fabric that is red to black, we do recommend adding 1/2 package of dark green dye to the dyebath. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Lisa

        It looked very good until I washed in the machine and the black areas are now purple. Can I warm up the dye that I used and try to dye over it?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Lisa, Once a dyebath is used, dyes are pulled from it. When a dyebath is re-used, the color result will be a light or off-shade. We would creating a new dyebath with black dye. Hope this helps.

  • Xermaine O’Brien

    I’ve really enjoyed learning the different methods. My challenge is that we want to dye polo shirts with the impression of flames coming up from the hem. Our name is Phoenix.
    We would be using sunset shades, and then indigo and then scarlet. How do I make sure we only get indigo in one band? Tie off the bottom with plastic bag? And then how do we get the scarlet ‘licking’ up the shirt?

    Thanks,
    Xermaine

  • Susan

    Help!!! We did t-shirts for a team and I didn’t add salt first. When I rinsed, they went from this awesome yellow to orange ombré to a medium orange. So we added orange to the bottom again. I let them dry all the way this time. Someone suggested a vinegar and water rinse to help set the colors. And then rinse in clear water. Is there anything else I can do to make sure the colors set before I wash them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, Thank you for reaching out. The salt/vinegar can help to produce a more vibrant color, but will not help set the dye or reduce color bleeding in the fabric. We would strongly suggest using our Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative to help set the dye and reduce color bleeding in the material. Hope this helps!

  • Ashley

    I want to dye a fabric using pink then fade to purple. I wanted to use the spray bottle effect, but I’m not quite sure how that would work. since adding more water to the bottle makes the color fade to white. can you help me?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley, Rit offers instructions for tie-dyeing using a squirt bottle, which can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-squirt-bottle-method/ You would need to prepare 2 separate dye mixtures, one with pink and the other with purple. The dye mixture needs to be very hot when applying to fabric, so when you add additional water, you will want to re-heat the mixture in a microwave. As you add additional water, you can test the color by spraying it onto a paper towel prior to spraying onto the fabric. It is very possible that when spraying the colors they may overlap. In this case, the 2 colors would mix to create a new color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Sarena

    I am planning to dye a white cotton duvet cover pink with an ombre effect. However, I am doing the spray bottle method where I increase the amount of spray as I reach the end of the cover. Should I still add salt and liquid detergent to the spray bottle of dye and water?

  • Jessica

    I would like to dye a whole lace dress (polyester), however I do not have a pot big enough to do the stove top method. Is there an alternative method to use?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jessica,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit DyeMore requires a much higher heat to activate and dye synthetics like polyester. Due to the high temperature needed, the stove top method is required to use DyeMore. Please get back to us with any other questions.

  • Alexis Sullivan

    Hi, I’m trying to ombré dye a beautiful cotton blanket for my friends birthday. I did a few practice runs with bar towels and they came out ok. This is only scary because the blanket was quite pricey.

    I’m confused about how much hot water I will need for 2lbs of fabric dry. I know I will need 1 bottle of liquid dye or more for that much fabric.

    And is it still 1 cup of salt no matter how many pounds?

    Lastly, I think it’s probably advised to do the dye fixative after dyeing but find the directions confusing on bottle as it gives proportions based on 1 tshirt. How much fixative/water do you use for a 2 pound blanket? Could you do that in a washing machine???

    Lastly, when would you apply the fixative? After the cold water rinse but before warm water washing the blanket??

    Sorry for all the questions but I really want this to be beautiful and I want to get it right because the blanket was so expensive I only get one shot.

    –Alexis Sullivan

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alexis, Thank you for reaching out. We say to start with 3 gallons of hot water, you just want the material to be submerged and able to move freely around and not be bunched. You only need one cup of salt per dye bath no matter how much water or weight of fabric. You can always follow these steps and instructions for fixative and weight of of material: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ . You would apply and do fixative before the warm water wash after the rinse and water runs clear. If you have any more questions please let us know.

  • Tani S.

    I’m trying to dye a dress with a cotton lace over a nylon shell, should I add salt or vinegar? I’m using rit liquid, by the way.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tani, Thank you for reaching out. Since the shell is nylon we suggest using 1 cup of vinegar, no salt would be needed since the cotton is lower in percentage and just a lace over-lay. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Denise,
    Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you a message to your personal e-mail in order to better assist you. Please get back to us at your convenience.

  • Sha Nolan

    I want to dye white lace trim red that is on a black shirt….the LACÈ trim is on the bottom of the blouse and the end of the sleeves. I want it to be a true red color. I have scarlet red and cherry red. Can you direct me how to proceed? Will the red dye affect the black shirt at all? Which color do I use? How long? And do I use salt or vinegar?
    Thank you.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. We have sent a message to your personal e-mail to better assist you. Please get back to us at your earliest convenience.

  • Sonya Miller Crist

    I have some clothes I want to deepen the color a bit. Tea dying did not work for me. I wondered if I could use a small amount of brown dye to do this? I tried tan once, and it came out much too yellow for me.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Sonya,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric will you be dyeing? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

      • Sonya Miller Crist

        100% cotton, or 95% cotton/5% spandex.

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello Sonya,
          Thank you for getting back to us. Since the fabric is All-Natural, you can use our All-Pupose Rit Dye. You can add a small amount of dye at a time, testing it with a paper towel or the inseam of your fabric as you go. This will help guarantee that you are achieving the correct hue.
          Other wise, please send us a photo or pantone number of the hue you are wishing to achieve and we will create a custom recipe for you if possible.Please also include the fabric content of the material you are dyeing so that we can ensure that we are using the correct dye line once we receive your e-mail. You can send it to: colorformula@theritstudio.com
          Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. For best results we recommend using the stove top method for dyeing. Here are the step by step instructions.
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/
    Hope this helps.

  • Karen

    We want to dip dye ivory dresses to be ivory, light teal and dark teal. What dyemix to use to get teal?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Karen, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. Please provide the fabric content from the fabric care tag. Once we know the material you are working with we can better assist you. Thanks!

  • Carissa Fei

    I want to ombre this grey. It says its nylon 80%,11% Spandex , and 7% Polypropylene.

    Which dye should I use?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Carissa, Thank you for reaching out. Either Rit all-purpose dye or Rit DyeMore can be used as both will dye the nylon portion of the fabric. The spandex and polypropylene fibers will not absorb the dye. Since the spandex and polypropylene are small percentages of the fabric blend, the fabric can be dyed, but may result in a slightly lighter shade. Because the blend includes spandex, we would recommend using the all-purpose dye because it does not require as hot of water as DyeMore. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Carissa Fei

        That helps a bunch thanks!

        I might also do a shiny fabric, but Im not sure what. I might do satin, but I haven’t seen it.

  • Debbie Titmarsh

    I have a ballroom dance gown to make and would love to ombre the organza skirt part. Haven
    t chosen a colour yet but would this work?

 

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