What are the right kind of tie dye fabrics and why….

Cotton and silk (the only protein fiber suitable for tie dyes) are ‘stereo type’ tie dye fabric choices. However, your options for tie dyeing also include linen, rayon, bamboo, jute, hemp, soy and paper.

The only real requirement is that the fibers of your fabric are plant derived because it’s these cellulosic fibers that readily accept dyes and allow the dye molecules to actually become part of the fibers themselves.

Synthetic fibers won’t accept dye staining and neither will protein fibers like wool and angora. The only really good exception is silk.

What do you need to do to prepare your tie dye fabrics for tie dying?

It’s best to simply wash, or rather ‘scrub’ any fabric you’re going to dye to remove any sizing that may be on the fabric. You might want to try PFD fabrics that are specially made for tie dying. However, most experienced tie dyers find that you can get the same or better results from cheaper sources of cottons (such as plain white quilter’s cotton) and other regular purpose tie dye suitable fabrics.

Note though, that if you don’t pre-wash or soak your fabric in a soda ash solution before tie dyeing it could result in undesirably uneven dye distribution.

How to get the best out of your tie dyes for beautiful tie dye fabric…

Soaking in a solution of soda ash or just plain (warm) water is necessary to help the fabric readily absorb the dye. Sometimes, however, a dry fabric needs a bit of help to get thoroughly ‘wet’ through and through. To aid and speed up this process you can add urea to the wash or soaking solution.

Adding urea to the dyes themselves will result in the dye powders dissolving faster in the water as well as helping the dye colors to better absorb into the fabric.

When your tie dyed fabric is ready to rest for a while. or you want to store your left over dye, you should note that, when the dye is mixed with water, the color starts to break down as the dye deteriorates. This can cause the resulting color to be ‘weak’ and, if you let your tie dye project sit too long the colors can become ‘fuzzy’.

To prevent this from happening you can add Ludigol to your dyes once they’ve been mixed with water, as it acts as a dye preservative and helps the dye react more with the fabric.

If you live in an area where the water tends to be ‘hard’ your tie dyed fabrics may not come out looking as evenly or richly colored. To solve this problem you can get a water softener to add to your soaking solution and dyes.

If you want to have greater control over how your dye pattern will look on your fabric, you can choose to add a thickener such as sodium alginate to your dyes so you can apply the dye colors as paint to your fabric.

Two last tips about tie dye fabric applications are:

1. The darker or stronger you want your dye color to be,  the more dye powder you need to use in your dye mix.

2. The best temperature to work in is when it’s warm. It translates to everything involved; room temperature, water temperature, damp fabric temperature and temperature at which your freshly tie dyed fabric should be stored. The warmer the temperature, the stronger and more permanent the dye will be.

How to keep your tie dye fabric from bleeding:

When you tie dye fabric you want the dye to stay in the fabric without fading. You don’t want it to get muddied with the other colors and, you don’t want it to leak out and stain other clothing that will eventually get washed with it later on.

To take care of all of these issues you can add a little Synthrapol detergent to your wash water when you first put your tie dyed fabric in the washer (by themselves) and, the excess dye will be removed from the fabric and the colors will both be more permanent and be prevented from coloring the remaining white areas of your cloth.

 

 

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There are many applications for budding tie dyers to show off their new craft skills, but having the right tie dye supplies helps to get you started off on the right foot. Here’s a description of all the tie dye supplies you need:

Procion MX Dyes:

Procion MX Fiber Reactive Cold Water Dye

Procion MX Fiber Reactive Cold Water Dye


Tools for the mixing process:

First you should wear a plastic apron to protect your clothing from accidental staining.

When mixing your dyes and pre-soaking solutions you’ll need the following tie dye supplies:

– long handled plastic or metal mixing spoons or tongs
– plastic or metal measuring spoons
– squeeze bottles for your different color dyes

Empty Squeeze Bottles (Pack of 12)

– measuring cups
– and funnels (for mess free filling of dye bottles).

To enhance the vibrancy and help improve the retention of dye color quality over time you should add soda ash, cooking salt, Dharma dye fixative and/or urea in the suggested amounts to your dye colors.

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You’ll need  – Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate)

Jacquard Soda Ash Dye Fixer 1 lb. Jacquard Soda Ash Dye Fixer
1 lb.

Soda ash is a mild alkali that promotes the chemical reaction between fiber reactive dye and cellulose fiber. Soda ash is also known as sodium carbonate, washing soda, or sal soda. One pound of soda ash is required to activate and “set” Procion dye for approximately 15 T-shirts.


To thicken your dye for greater control of the ‘spread’ of the dye colors you can also add a:
Jacquard Sodium Alginate 2 oz. SH thickener. (Optional)

Urea (helps dye dissolve and retains moisture) It attracts moisture from the air, keeping the fiber damp longer allowing a greater reaction time for the dye. Urea is used with sodium alginate thickener when printing, painting or directly applying  to Procion Dye to fiber or is added to Procion dye for super intense color.

Jacquard Urea 1 lb.

You’ll also need: wet towels or newspaper to line your flat bottomed basin, bucket or even a clean litter tray to place dye and squirt bottles while pouring and mixing dyes – unless you are using a plastic tarp or a drop sheets to protect your surfaces from unwanted dye and chemicals.

Safety equipment:

Safety equipment is necessary to prevent inhalation or skin/mucus membrane exposure to dyes or other tie dye chemicals that may be mildly carcinogenic, can cause lung ailments and/or can cause damage to the skin (in the case of soda ash).

Tie dye supplies you should also have include:

a good quality dust mask – Use your dust mask when measuring out dye powder !
clear work goggles to prevent airborne powder and/or dye, chemical splashes from getting into your eyesand good quality disposable rubber gloves.

Contamination and stain prevention:

During the entire process of dyeing, from preparing your articles for dyeing and mixing the dyes, to rinsing and washing the excess dye from your freshly dyed items, you should wear gloves to prevent your hands from coming in contact with the caustic soda ash to becoming stained by the dyes.

Articles for Tie Dying

In your quest to create your own tie dyed masterpieces, one of the most important considerations when obtaining tie dye supplies is to select your articles for tie dying.

For best, immediate results, especially for beginners, these should be a white, pure cotton or silk articles, and can include:

– clothes
– pillow cases
– lengths of fabric
– sheets
– table cloths
– or any other kind of item that can be dyed

Another tie dyeing option is to take old cotton or silk clothes you may have and dye them as a freshening up technique.

Tools for the dyeing process

To prepare your articles for dyeing you’ll need to hold the folded, scrunched or spiraled items in place by tying with flat sinew, dental floss or rubber bands.

Plastibands Plastibands

Plastibands are a better alternative to rubber bands. They are made of a latex free material that is stronger than rubber and it will not deteriorate. These are great for any need from tie dyeing and batik to use in the office.


When applying the dye you should use squirt bottles or, if you’ve chosen to dip-dye you will need a shallow pan or bucket to hold the dyeing liquids and another to place the dye dampened items. Also have on hand plastic or ziploc bags to batch up your dyed articles and to keep them damp while the dye sets.

Finishing your project:

To finish your dyed projects and help them retain the quality of the dye colors, enhancing light and wash fastness, you may want to use a washing liquid called Synthrapol. Jacquard Synthapol 6 oz.

To restore the natural pre-dyed feel of your cloth you can use Milsoft liquid textile softener.

Cleaning up:

To remove any unwanted dye stains that might have occurred on your work surfaces or anything else, you can wipe them down with cotton rags and light bleach solution. To remove dye from fabric you can use Dharma’s Dyehouse Color Remover. And to remove dye stains from your hands you can use Reduran Hand Cleaner.

To help make your tie dyeing session trouble free, make sure you’ve got all your tie dye supplies ready and available in your work area before you get started with the actual tie dyeing process.

 

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There are many kinds of tie dye kits available now ranging in both size and style. Many brands provide small beginner kits for individuals looking to try tie dyeing for the first time as well as medium size tie dye kits for childrens’ parties or school projects. You can also get a larger tie dye kit, or hobby size kit, meant for people who are experienced tie dyers.

Jacquard Tie Dye Kit Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

Dye up to 15 adult-size T-shirts, with vivid, electric colors that are so colorfast they can be washed with the daily laundry. Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes are already pre-measured for you in squeeze bottles. Just add tap water. An additional empty bottle is provided for mixing color as desired. Use on any non-synthetic fabric. This kit includes the following materials: 3 dye colors — Red (Fuchsia), Yellow (Lemon Yellow), and Blue (Turquoise) 4 squeeze bottles Soda ash dye fixer Rubber bands 1 pair of rubber gloves Complete instructions for doing spirals, stripes, and other geometric designs


This larger kind of tie dye kit is for people who dedicate considerable amounts of their leisure time to tie dyeing or even use the craft as a way to make money from their creative inventory.

Tie Dye Kits usually contain the same kinds of items:

– dyes

– bottles

– rubber gloves

– soda ash

– as well as cotton t-shirts (mostly in the small to medium size kits)

– illustrated instructional books or dvd videos on the various tie dye techniques used to produce a variety of tie dye effects

– sometimes a face mask (for safety against breathing in the powdered dye and soda ash

during mixing)

– and string or rubber bands for tying

There are several kinds of tie dye kits available from Jacquard, Tulip and Rainbow Rock.

Jacquard tie dye kits come in an introductory size called the Funky Groovy tie dye kit (good for 5 shirts), the Tie Dye Kit (for tie dyeing up to 15 t-shirts) and their economy size Tie Dye Class Pack big enough to supply tie dye projects for 30 people. Their tie dye kits include varying amounts of pre-measured colors for easy use, just add water and they’re ready to use.

Jacquard Funky Groovy Procion MX Tie-Dye Kit Jacquard Funky Groovy Procion MX Tie-Dye Kit

Get sizzling color and electrifying designs in just 3 easy steps. This professional-quality kit supplies enough to make 5 adult-sized T-shirts, or any natural fiber garment of equal quantity. Finished projects are colorfast and stay brilliant after repeat washings. Primary colored Procion MX dye powder is pre-measured and ready to mix with tap water in convenient applicator bottles. The kit contains the following materials. 3 applicator bottles with Red, Blue, and Yellow Procion MX dye. Gloves Rubber Bands Dye Fix Instructions for making spiral, stripe, and geometric patterns.


The larger kits also include extra bottles for mixing your own colors.

Rainbow Rock Tie Dye kits have a fun range of color combination options to choose from when buying your first tie dye kit. You can pick from:

Classic – with turquoise, fusia and yellow

Vibrant – in blue, violet and lime

Psychedelic – with royal blue, red and yellow, also perfect for mixing hues for all seasons

Bright – in Lime, Pink and Turquoise

and Camouflage – Black, Green and Brown

Rainbow Rock also offers a larger 16 project size Maga Project Tie Dye Kit that includes five colors turquoise, yellow, purple, green and fuchsia.

Tulip Tie Dye Kits come in five different kits ranging in different tie dye textures and patterns. Lace Design that uses lacey swatch stenciling techniques, Wild Thing that incorporates the use of animal ‘print’ stencils, Revamped that uses zip ties and edgey dye colors, Ombre Plaid that shows you how to create different plaid looks using tape and dye combinations and Aqua Chic that shows you how to create aquatic-like textural effects using rock salt with your tie dye colors.

 

 

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People from all walks of life, and of all ages, can now learn how to easily tie dye cloth and various clothing items as a creative hobby or pastime. This has been made all the more easier with the availability of online, written or dvd tie dye instruction materials.

The best kind of dyes to use when tie dyeing are fiber reactive dyes such as Procion MX Dyes. It’s best not to use the more commonly available Rit dyes as these aren’t as permanent and, will need to be allowed to ‘set’ and simmer in the fabric for 30 minutes for each separate color.

 

Procion fiber reactive dyes, however, only require that you to use them at room temperature (between 70 – 100 F) and need to ‘set’ by letting the piece of fabric or freshly dyed clothing to remain damp with the dye for around 24 hours (or longer depending on how strong you want your colors to be).

Tie Dye Instruction – Learning to Tie Dye

Learning how to tie dye is both quick and simple. There are basically 5 steps in any tie dyeing process, but remember to put on your safety equipment (goggles, rubber or latex gloves and, a good quality face mask) before you start using the sodium carbonate.

1. Prepare your natural fiber fabric (cellulosic fiber – no wools or protein based fiber apart from silk) by washing or soaking it in a sodium carbonate solution to prepare the material to take the dye colors.

2. Mix your Procion MX Dye powders with just a little water (to the amount recommended on the package’s instructions) to produce a dye concentrate for easier control/different effects and usage. You can, of course, make a regular dye solution with the full amount of water along with the correct amount of sodium carbonate if you’d prefer.

3. Implement which ever tie dye techniques you’d like to use following the tie dye instructions from your online, book or dvd/video source. Carefully tie your fabric or garment in the way required to achieve the effect you’re looking for using rubber bands, dental floss or other strong thin string.

4. Apply your chosen dye colors, store your article in an airtight container or ziploc style bag and, let the dye set for at least 24 hours

5. Wash out excess dye with cold water, and wash again twice more with a hot water wash cycle (using Synthrapol to keep the colors separate), followed each time with rinsing.

Following these basic tie dye instructions and experimenting with simple tie dye techniques will help you discover just how easy and fun tie dyeing can be.

 

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This is a homemade tie dye gift idea we had some fun with a number of years back. Tie-dye clothing make good homemade tie dye gift ideas because each one is unique, you can customize the colors, they are fun to make, fairly easy and many people love to receive them. This might be one of those elusive homemade tie dye gift that men would like. You can apply tie-dye to almost anything that is cotton… T-shirts, socks, clothing for toddlers. There are also many techniques to create unique designs.

Materials...

Ritdye. This brand worked really well, creating nice vibrant color. I was unsuccessful with another brand that came in squirt bottles, as the color turned out dull.

Cotton clothing. Socks, t-shirts, clothing for toddlers, anything made of cotton will work. I’ve seen examples of bedsheets and curtains as well. Just remember to use items that are at least 60% cotton, preferably 100%. Polyester blends will not turn out as vibrant. The more cotton that is in the item, the more vibrant the color will be. You can get a bunch of cheap 100% cotton tshirts at Michael’s.

Rubber bands or string to tie the item up with. This creates the unique tie-dye effect.

A 3 gallon bucket for each color

Rubber gloves

Long wooden spoon that you don’t mind getting permanently dyed

Clothes or sponges for cleanup – again, they will be permanently dyed

Something to cover your work surface like plastic garbage bags, as the process can be really messy

Instructions:

There are a number of techniques for designs that you can find on the internet. Rit has a few pages from their website on techniques as well as tutorials.

Consider preshrinking your garment in the washer and dryer.

Prepare your dye bath(s) according to the instructions on the Rit dye container. The hotter the water is the more vibrant the color will be.

Working from the lightest color to the darkest color, immerse your garment in each bath for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally. After each immersion, rinse the garment.

After the last dye bath, rinse the garment in warm water then in cold water until the water runs clear.
Wash garment with warm water and detergent and rinse in cold water.

Repeat step 5 one more time without detergent. This is just so that the garments don’t bleed on your gift recipients other clothing when they wash them together.

Let hang dry and you are done.

Dude… you now have some wicked-cool clothing to give as tie dye gifts!

 

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Tie Dye, as the name suggests is a process of dyeing fabrics after you tie them in a manner that gives beautiful designs on the material. This can be done by anyone and it is a great hobby activity. You can create beautiful t-shirts, bed sheets, scarves, skirts, and pants. If creativity is your virtue, you can create endless tie dye patterns that give beautiful designs on the fabric. All you need to do is stretch your imagination completely.

The patterns you create depend on how you fold your material. The process of tie dye involves folding the material and then tying at various portions using strings. Then, the dye is applied to the fabric. The dye does not reach the areas that are tied with rubber bands or strings. So here, folding the material is the key. Basically, how you fold your fabric and the colors you use will determine the design on the final product. So, you must first fix up what kind of designs you wish to create. Designs can be circular, stripes and random designs. Random designs include items like butterfly, flower, leaves, diamonds, rosettes, squares, and ovals. Let us discuss some patters you can create:

1. Knot Tying: This pattern is ideal to work on light materials and long sleeves. You have to carefully twist the fabric first from both ends like a rope and tighten it. Then, you can fasten using strings. You can tie many even knots you need on the fabric, depending on your design. This pattern will give you fine lines.

2. Pleats: Lay the garment flat and using your hands pinches it to get folds on the material. Continue creating these folds on the entire fabric. You could change the size of the folds on both hands or on one hand to get the required design. Fasten the folds several times tightly and knot the strings. This is one of the basic tie dye patterns that can be used for making diamonds, squares, ovals or any symmetrical design.

3. Spirals: You create spiral pattern by gathering a section of the fabric using your thumb or a fork rotating it to create pleats in swirls all around the center. Get the loose ends within the circle and flatten the fabric using your palm. It will resemble a pancake. Take rubber bands and slide them over the cloth without disturbing the design. Let the rubber bands meet at the center. You can use various colors and the spiral created on the material looks stunning.

4. Electric Bunching: Bring together the ends of the fabric in bunches and shape it in the form of a ball. Fasten it well with rubber bands and try and retain the shape. Then dye it. This gives the pattern of electric light or lightening-like design.

5. Rosettes: Make dots on the fabric as the center of the rosette. Pick the dots together and at the base of the circles tie them up with strings. Wrap very well to the tip.

6. Stripes: To make stripes you must roll the garment loosely and get it together like a tube. You will get vertical stripes on the tube. Tie them at various intervals depending on how close you want the stripes. Using strings, tie several times very tightly. Apply dye by either immersing the garment or squirting colors on it.

Listed above are only a few basic tie dye patterns. You can create countless designs depending on the patterns you select.

G. Smitty is a writer who loves to discuss many topics ranging from tie-dye techniques to professional basketball. Thanks for reading.

 

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