This week, I wanted to show you an easy and fun surface design technique -- dyeing with a resist!
Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway! Wahoo! It's now closed, and we have a winner: Number 52, Margaret, who said, "I haven’t tried dying because of fear of the mess, and fear of the results!" You're right, Margaret -- dyeing is very messy and unpredictable. Thankfully, your own glue-resist hand-dyed tee will be on its way to you shortly (no mess involved here! :) We'll be in email contact with you soon!
First off, a definition: a 'resist' is anything that keeps dye off a given part of your fabric. Resists can take many forms -- the rubber bands in tie dye, for example, or even fabric crumpled against itself -- but today I'm using plain ordinary white school glue. It's easy to make fun patterns with it, and it washes out once you're done dyeing the fabric.
So, grab a tee shirt, some dye, and a bottle of white glue!
Protect the back of your shirt by slipping a piece of scrap cardboard between the front and back. Then, start 'drawing' with the glue. It works best with bold, thick-lined designs. Set the shirt in a safe place to dry overnight.
Once your glue is dry, make up the dyebath following the directions on the dye package. Drop the shirt in. Stir for even color -- or, if you're feeling brave, leave a few wrinkles in the shirt and see what happens...
Once you are happy with the color (and keep in mind, it always dries lighter than you think it should) dump out the dyebath and start rinsing.
Follow the directions on the dye package -- and don't rush through this step! All those extra dye molecules can come out either now, in the sink, or later (on dolls and hands and in the laundry...)
During the final stages of the rinse, add a little laundry detergent and give it a hand-wash. All the glue should have washed out by now.
Roll the shirt up in a towel to soak up the excess water, then throw it in the dryer on high for about 30 minutes. This is called "heat setting" and is another way to help ensure the dye molecules stay where you want them. :)
All done! Congratulations!
NOW: would you like to own this tee, instead of playing with dye in your sink? (Or perhaps in addition to playing with dye in your sink...)
We are giving it away! To enter, just leave a comment finishing one of these two sentences:
1) "I've never dyed fabric before because..." or 2) "I love to dye fabric because...."
The giveaway will run through Monday, June 2; we'll pick a winner randomly and contact them via email.
Thank you everybody!
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