How do you create a 3 color ombre effect in fabric?

I am looking at making a quilt with hand dyed fabric. I want the fabric to move from yellow to green to blue to purple to pink. Does anyone have suggestions on how to make this ombre effect? I have it half worked out and wonder if anyone has done it before? I am looking to make it splotchy and meldy as opposed to defined up and down.


I'm trying to dye the fabric myself, I want this to be a completely one of a kind gift for a one of a kind sister.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    EDITED TO ADD: In that case, then I'd go with the "sky dye" method, which is capable of gorgeous color effects even from those of us with no formal art training. It's pretty commonly available through public libraries, but it's also not an expensive book to buy. Tools used are cheap... housepaint brushes, sprayers, waterbowls and the like.


    I'm not sure I understand you... are you trying to dye fabric for a quilt in an ombre effect? If so, the basic method is either the two bucket method, like:

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    or stretching out the fabric and painting the dye on, very much like Mickey Lawlor does in her book Skydyes:

    If you're trying to use commercially dyed fabrics, then just arrange the blocks on a "design board" in the way you want them to appear in the final quilt -- because they're not sewn together yet, you can move them around till you get the effects you want. Typically used in "watercolor quilts":

    Source(s): 50 years of playing with fabric
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