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Tie-Dye For You To Try
This craft is soooooo 70's baby! Tie- dye represents everything colourful and free spirited about the 70's era. Hippies, flowers, peace and love. Tie-dye is synonymous with this decade. You can pretty much tie-dye loads of different materials from t-shirts, ties, blue jeans, pillowcases, blankets. Tie-dyed items make great personal creative gifts for friends and family. Or why not treat yourself by making your own summery, colourful tie-dye t-shirt. Tie- dye is totally unique and your t-shirt will be a one off because the way in which you tie the fabic and place the dye makes it virtually impossible to duplicate. So you will have your very own original T-shirt.
The materials you will need are:
* Bucket for dye bath
* Cotton thread for sewing resist patterns into fabric
* Cotton twine or rubber bands to bind fabric
* Disposable gloves
* Fabric (white works best)
* Fabric dye suitable for fabric chosen, 3 different colours
* Plastic bottles for applying dye to limited parts of fabric
* Plastic sheeting to cover work surfaces
* Sink with running water
Instructions for T-shirt
1) Starting in center of shirt, approx 4 inch below neckline, pinch fabric and gather in a point.
2) Wrap twine tightly around neck of the gathered fabric, crossing the loose end to prevent slipping
3) Wrap twine around a few times, knot and cut ends of twine.
4) Repeat steps 1-3, leaving 1"-2" between ties, until you reach the bottom
5) Mix dye as directed.
6) Apply dye to T-shirt. Squirt first dye colour to top point of fabric. Add a bit of second dye colour to same point of fabric. Squeeze fabric to mix dyes together. At the next section of fabric, use only first dye colour. Dye the next few sections second dye colour, then a few sections with third dye colour. Now back to first dye colour for one section. Finish by alternating colours. Mix colours to create varying effects.
7) Wrap T-shirt in plastic wrap and allow to set for recommended time.
8) Rinse fabric. Continue rinsing as you carefully cut knots. Be careful to not cut fabric as you remove twine.
9) Finally, finish fabric as directed on dye package. Dry T-shirt