color-to-color ombre dyeing
I was working with 108" pieces of silk and I wished to dye them 1/2 purple, 1/3 blue, 1/6 aquamarine. I masked the 1/6 end with plastic and put the rest of the silk in the blue bath for 30 minutes.
1. Mixed up salt in the water with soda ash and urea right off the bat. Added calsolene oil. Pre-dissolved the dye for color number 1.
2. Let the silk sit in the bath 30 minutes before switching to next color. For my next colors, I created two dye baths and put the blue silk into the purple dye up to the 50% mark; I unmasked the other end and dropped the white silk into the aquamarine.
3. Rinsed cold, washed in Synthropol, washed very warm with milsoft.
I have a couple pictures, one of the setup, one of the results. 30 minutes was not long enough in these dye baths; I hoped for somewhat more vibrant shades. Next time I will try 45 minutes. Also, I did not stir them often enough. I was pretty tired that evening and just didn't have the energy. So the resulting colors are not quite as smooth and even as they could be. But they are rather pretty anyway and I hope will suit the dancer.