Saturday, May 9

Tie Dye for Dummies

If you've been following along on my Instagram, you'll have seen that I recently spent the day having a marathon tie-dye sesh in order to fend off the quarantine boredom (and whip up some sweet garms). I did a good amount of googling and tried to channel my Year 7 Textiles memories before starting so I thought I'd do a round-up of some useful tips and tricks.

The first thing is to get organised - sounds obvious but if you're like me, it's easy to go mad with power and start dipping everything in sight with no thought to any kind of cross-pollination. If you're wanting to do multicoloured patterns, you'll need to do the lighter colours first. Get to grips with the logistics of your bucket situation and make a mental note of what needs to be where, when.

The second thing is to prep your fabric, whether that's T-shirts, totes or lucky pants. The prep is pretty simple, it goes without saying things should be clean - but also ensure you give everything a soak in heavily salted water before dying and leave damp. By soaking, it means the dye won't cling unevenly and also will soak in slowly rather than jumping straight into all the nooks and crannies and diminishing the pattern you're trying to make.

The top on the left was soaked before dying - the top on the right wasn't which meant it got more of a washed blue colour all over. I dipped the top on the right a second time and left soaking for half an hour to add a darker pattern on top.

The next thing to do is to prep all your fabric and build your patterns. I used the classic Shibori Binding Method and the Spiral Method - both pretty easy and adaptable. I secured mine with elastic bands and string (because I didn't have enough elastic bands), but just ensure whatever you use is tight. I also did a couple of ombre ones, which is pretty self explanatory - just leave the fabric dipped  in your bucket to soak.

That's it - let me know how you get on!

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