How Do You Tie Dye?

Learn how to tie dye! It is not just for the 60's generation!

It is not just for the 60's generation: it is still special even today, unique designs with splendid color, a craft that is still fun to do. Not for only T-shirts: if you use your imagination, many things can be tie-dyed. Almost instant gratification is possible with this craft. It is a quick knotting and binding process, or folding and in some cases sewing to resist dying in some areas and allowing for color absorption in others. This method creates distinct patterns, no two the same.

Gather together dye, fabric, twine, clothespins, tape, and rubber bands. Experiment first, using an old piece of cloth, perhaps an old "soft" sheet. When you actually begin your project (if dying new sheets), they will need to be washed to remove sizing. Use a soft lead pencil to mark the pattern to be colored.

Do what ever your heart desires: bundle, bunch, sew, knot, use string or rubber bands or clothespins or even tape, or all of the conglomeration. Have fun! Keep the "right" side of the fabric on the outside of the bunch.

Many different designs can be contrived, since there is no end of ways to tie the fabrics.

The following are some techniques that will produce somewhat the same outcome:

1. Stripe. Fold fabric in half and roll it up from side to side binding it with ties or rubber bands around the roll.

2. Swirl. Place the tines of a fork in the middle of the fabric. Rotate the fork to the right creating spherical folds in the material. Start at one end and roll into a coil. Tie with string at three to four equally place points.

3. Stardust or Rosette design. Gather fabric in a circular form a secure with two or more bands.

4. Marbling. This is a non-even coloring process and in some areas a complete blocking of any color absorption, thus, creating a marbling effect. Bunch the fabric up closely and bind with string before being dyed.

5. Fine Repeat. Wherever you have chosen to place the design, tie small pointed bunches of material.

6. Broad Stripe. Roll the fabric, and then tie bands securely in those places in which you choose to resist the dye.

Read instructions on mixing dyes included in the box. Hot dyes will reduce the dying time. After dying the material will need to be rinsed completely, and then remove the binders, you may choose to leave them and apply new ties. This will require dying for the second time. Repeat the procedure for each additional coloring. The fabric should be hung to dry or dried in a clothes dryer. Heat sets dyes. Wash with mild detergent.

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