DYEING OMBRE – Easy step by step with lots of pictures to show you how.

Teeswater locks, dye, cloth for spills, jar for mixing dyes and kettle boiling, with dye-pot on the cooker.

Tie the locks together and insert a skewer under the tie with the locks hanging free

Tie the locks together and insert a skewer under the tie with the locks hanging free

Coffee brewing plus snack

Coffee brewing plus snack

Small amount of water in the pot , add mixed dye so that the tips of the locks are in the dye mix.

Small amount of water in the pot , add mixed dye so that the tips of the locks are in the dye mix.

See the dye - line ....This is stage one.  Allow the dye to saturate the tips of the locks

See the dye – line ….This is stage one. Allow the dye to saturate the tips of the locks

Interruption no. 1.  A little chocolate thief.

Interruption no. 1. A little chocolate thief.

The dye is starting to take on the locks - time to add more water.

The dye is starting to take on the locks – time to add more water.

Add more boiling water - about 3 cups full for stage two

Add more boiling water – about 3 cups full for stage two

Time for coffee and chocolate!

Time for coffee and chocolate!

Add some citric acid or vinegar to help the dye take.

Add some citric acid or vinegar to help the dye take.

Interruption no.2 - the rumours of chocolate has spread...

Interruption no.2 – the rumours of chocolate has spread…

The ombre look is starting to show and the dye mix in the pot is a lot more dilute.

The ombre look is starting to show and the dye mix in the pot is a lot more dilute.

Add more water, until the locks are as immersed as you want them . I wanted to keep the ends white, or I would have fully immersed the locks at this stage

Add more water, until the locks are as immersed as you want them . I wanted to keep the ends white, or I would have fully immersed the locks at this stage

The finished locks - ready to rinse and dry.

The finished locks – ready to rinse and dry.

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