This is how I created an ombre, hand dyed bedding set for a student going into dorms.
I received a request on Etsy for a custom bedding set for a student going into dorms. The student had been accepted into the University of California Berkeley so the request was for graduating dark blue at one end to white at the other which are the Cal colors.
After I had mixed up some fiber reactive dye (which works with natural fabrics such as cotton, silk and rayon), I experimented with concentration levels of the blue dye so that the color graduated smoothly from dark to white. I used paper towels to test the results until I had the desired effect.
Next I soaked the duvet cover set in soda ash and then spun it out in the washing machine so that the fabric was just damp. I placed elastic bands at equal intervals along the narrowest width of the rectangular fabric and made use of some old wire basket trays to keep the dye off the garage floor.
3, After covering the dyed set in plastic and leaving it to set overnight, it was hand washed carefully in cold water first followed by more washing in the machine until all the access dye had been released. Some fabric softener and a good iron left this designer set crisp and ready to mail out to my customer.
This is what my lovely customer had to say about the finished product
Here's her review from Etsy
eileen on Jul 11, 2016
5 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous custom dorm room bedding for my Cal-bound kid! Isobel couldn't have been more responsive or helpful or talented! Exactly what my daughter was looking for and couldn't find anywhere else. We asked for something entirely original -- a pattern that graduated from dark Cal blue to lighter and light then to white, like dusk or ocean waves, and Isobel more than delivered! Hopefully Isobel will post a picture. Fabulous, with great quality in materials. AAAA+++++