Dip Dye Heaven

As usual, I spent a good parcel of time yesterday scrolling through the established and projected trends for 2014 on Pinterest.  I saw so many cool fashion trends hitting hard this year…things like updos and hair ornaments, chic bohemian styles, fabulous athletic influences, the return of the boyish loafer (thank God!), metallics with a major emphasis on coppers, and the fabulous return of the wide leg pant (I love this pendulum swing away from the cigarette pant…time for something different, and may I say comfortable)!

However, I am mostly pleased to report the continuance of dip dye in 2014.  From home decor to kitchen gadgets and textiles, this technique is truly a beautiful balance of organic subtlety and the bold clean lines of modernism.

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In honor of all this dip dyed gorgeousness, I ran out to the grocery store for some RIT today.  So, the only question remains…what to dye?  I figured today would be a great day for a little trend poetic justice.  How about making over an old trend with a new trend?  Always a coo when you can make something that already exists in your closet “au courant.”  Enter my favorite (and first) Pashmina!

IMG_8341IMG_8342Since my Pashmina is a soft aqua, I decided to grab RIT in a denim blue.

This project couldn’t be easier….and it may have you hunting through your closet and linen closet for other things to dye.  First, grab a large pot and fill it with tap water.

IMG_8339Put it to heat on the stove top…it doesn’t have to boil, but you want it hot.

IMG_8340For cottons, RIT has you add salt, but for wools and poly blends, they recommend that you add a cup of vinegar.

IMG_8343Now, I simply added a half bottle of my RIT dye.

IMG_8345Boil, boil, bubble and trouble…my cauldron was lookin’ fierce!  Time to move things outside to keep down on the mess.

IMG_8346With a drop cloth in place, I found the middle of my Pashmina and folded it in half.

IMG_8347Making sure I had my gloves on, I dipped my ends into the pot.

IMG_8348After a 2 second soak, I lifted a portion back out of the pot…..cuz I was going for an ombre design.

IMG_8349IMG_8350I let the ends soak for about 7 minutes….these will be the darkest part of my dip dyed design.  Then, I squeezed out all the excess dye and carried it carefully to the sink for some serious rinsing.  Once the water ran clear, I laid it out to dry.  Even wet it was looking hot!

IMG_8353In fact, so cool that Sam and I ran into the house for more things to dye.  The most obvious were some napkins and a tablecloth that had stains on them….time for a makeover.

IMG_8354Tee-hee it looks like a dip dying factory!  But, back to the Pashmina makeover.  The result was awesome!  I am back in love with my Pashmina from 7 years ago!  Victory!

IMG_8355IMG_8357IMG_8356Yay!  So beautiful and soft!

Get on this trend!  It is so crazy easy!