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Melanie Brummer

More than 50 stylish projects using the traditional tie-dye method.

Tie-dye is an easy, rewarding and affordable craft that can turn silks, cottons and simple ready-made garments into dramatic fashion statements. Author Melanie Brummer is an expert at reviving clothes, linens and draperies with this creative craft skill.

Contemporary Dyecraft features more than 50 resist-dyeing projects that are easy to do and yield beautiful one-of-a-kind results. Methods used are bucket-dyeing, dip dyeing and dyeing in a washing machine. The book begins with an introduction to suitable fabrics, types of dye, paints and an explanation of resist dyeing. The required equipment is largely household items that are inexpensive and readily available.

The projects use eight dyeing styles: flat color, graded color, crazed patterns, circles, stripes and coils, geometric shapes, spirals and stitched patterns. The materials lists are minimal, such as fabric, string or rubber bands, a bucket and kettle, and the dye.

The projects are rated by degree of difficulty and include:

  • Skirt in a ball
  • Reverse camouflage T-shirt
  • Candy-striped silk scarf
  • Water fantasy silk scarf
  • Flowers on a shirt
  • Parallel-striped Madiba shirt

Contemporary Dyecraft is an excellent beginner's guide for anyone who wants to create new items or give new life to items already in their wardrobe.

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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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