My first attempt at Tie Dye

Tie Dye’s been something I’ve wanted to try for years, but never have. I usually hesitate to start new hobbies, you know? Not only do I not need more things to occupy my time, but I also hardly need more supplies to store, right? But I’ve wanted to get a screenprint kit for a while, and I always browse at Dharma Trading Company and dream of the possibilities. And then many friends and fellow bloggers have written or spoken about tie dye lately, and Dharma sells a tie dye kit, and one thing led to another and before I knew it, um, I had a bunch of clothing blanks and dyes and goodies in my cart.

My first attempt was NOT bad, and it was definitely a learning experience.

Tie Dye Hankies - experiments Tie Dye Hankies - experiments

This one on the left turned out quite nicely, though I anticipated the middle being a lighter green. Too much Dark Blue, overwhelmed the yellow, to make a dark green rather than the grassy green I envisioned.  The one on the right, I like. Your typical bulls-eye tie dye pattern. The colors didn’t mix together as much as I thought they would. (like, I thought it would be orange there in the second ring, not yellow and red.)

Tie Dye Hankies - experiments Tie Dye Hankies - experiments

This swirl turned out way better than I anticipated. The hankie was hardly bulky and I had a hard time getting the rubber bands tight enough, so the whole thing was kind of floppy while I was dying it. Turned out nice, though. The one on the right is supposed to be Shibori, but it’s, uh, not very good. I like how it turned out, but it’s completely not what it should look like…

Tie Dye Hankies - experiments

I love this one.

Tie Dye Shirt Tie Dye Pants

This is a little outfit. I like how it looks, but this was a good lesson for me. The green totally overwhelmed the yellow. I really wanted these to be mostly yellow, but put on too much green and blue, which, being darker, completely overwhelmed it.

Under the Sea Nightgown

So I want to combine batik and tie dye. I was having trouble getting the wax hot enough and I was doing this at home alone with Wally, so was reluctant to get out the hot plate to keep it warm at my table like I should probably do. I gave up on the wax and used Elmer’s gel glue, which I’d read about online. My mistake was, I’m pretty sure, I put the glue on the piece AFTER I soaked it in the soda ash solution. It kind of spread/ran more than I really thought it would. The octopus image is totally muddy. But the idea, in general, is not a bad one. If the lines could have been crisper, I would be happier, but it was a good first try with this. I’m not unhappy with it.

So these are all for me. Next time, I hope to be making stuff for the shop. I don’t plan to offer just tie-dyed items, I’ll be doing various things with the items to make them a bit more interesting.


About sarahtar

Our Family lives in central Iowa. We are Christians, conservatives, and crunchy granola heads. We love the outdoors, photography, and lindy hop. Turn ons are people who are polite, honesty, and really good root beer. Turn offs are mean people and people who make my life more difficult.

Posted on August 15, 2008, in Materials and Methods. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. nice btw your blog is fast i like it

  2. ..I love this one.
    Tie Dye Shirt Tie Dye Pants
    This is a little outfit. I like how it looks, but.. same with me

  3. nice post, thanks 4 time

  4. thanks 4 share sarah, coz i’m sad

  5. you make me happy with your post

  6. great post keep spirit to share

  7. I think you got some talent,i love them!

  8. This is a little outfit. I like how it looks, but.. same with me

  9. Looks cool. I like tiedye when there is still plenty of white.

  10. I remember doing something like this as a kid. I think it’s a great project to do with your children. I like the effect of the green and blues. Perfect project for Tshirts… I think that is what we did.

  11. Wow…your colors came out so bright. Mine always end up looking a quite faded. Maybe I need to let them sit in the color for a lot longer or something. This is a super fun family thing…and still so cool if done right.

  12. It probably also has something to do with the dyes used. I use fiber reactive dyes, which are pretty high quality. RIT dyes and other dyes available at the craft stores are usually not as high quality, and the colors are less bright. The trade off is that RIT dyes are easier to use than fiber reactive dyes.

  13. How you made the second pattern(second photo) and your shirt ?

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