I saw a crisp white paisley-textured infinity scarf and just had to have it. A) I love the paisley tone on tone texture and B) to dye with RIT Dye, of course!
I was torn between colors but narrowed it down to three: yellow, violet and blue. All would lend themselves perfectly to a dye technique called ombre.
The definition of ombre is basically a gradual change in color from light to dark. Hipsters are using this technique to color everything from their hair to maxi dresses to the very popular ombre dyed ruffled shower curtains. Well, folks, it is DIY ombre dye time here at My Sweetheart Life.
Per RIT instructions, I washed the infinity scarf before dyeing. Just a quick cold water wash with regular detergent, and dried it.
I chose the color violet, as I had tallied the votes from my facebook page (www.facebook.com/mysweetheartlife). Most said violet, and I was glad because I was leaning towards that color, as I thought of how the light into dark would be so pretty, considering how the infinity scarf is worn.
I heated the water in my canner (what would I do without that big old thing), fretted a little, clipped the scarf on a hanger and then in it went.
I have to say, it is not the dyeing that was making me fret. It was snapping pictures while dodging steaming dye water. I’m thinking about investing in a tripod. Pronto.
To ombre dip and get the graduated color, I dipped the entire scarf in for a couple of minutes and then raised the top of the scarf out of the dye, waited a few more minutes, then hung the scarf for about 10 minutes to get the middle nice and violet.
I love the way the violet is pink to light plum. I’ll try to get a pic the first time I wear it. I’m usually behind the camera. This Kentucky summer is still too steamy! C’mon fall!