My first dye project ever was, I think, in the fourth grade. They had us bring t-shirts in and then we got to have them tie-dyed. I was impressed but, not overly, I was after all only 9. My second dyeing experience was also with tie-dye but I was now 23 and helping out with a church function where I was doing the dyeing for a bunch of 5th graders. After un-tying my t-shirt and opening it like a present and seeing the finished piece I was hooked. Looking at the amazing colors and crazy shapes that the dye had created blew my mind. I wanted to take the next step and move on from the humble beginnings of tie dye into the world of regular dye. After dyeing shorts, dresses, canvas, printed fabric and muslin I learned a lot from my fun trials.
The biggest lesson I learned on my own is if you leave the fabric alone and don’t aggravated the water at all you will have blotchiness or uneven coloring. I personally love that! I love how you can create a piece of art just by gauging how long you want something to sit. OK well I hope these pictures inspire you to get out there and dye something! Have fun and be creative and take the risk that you might screw the whole thing up, that is the only way to learn!
Bucket for dyeing
Rubber gloves and stirring stick
Something to tie off the fabric (I used rubber bands)