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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

TIE DYEING TIPS

Hello lovelies! If you haven't been reading my blog lately, I jut returned from a week at the best camp ever. Camp has taught me many things, from life lessons to how to be crazy good at playing Mafia. One of the most important, though, is how to execute the perfect Tie Dye garment. Here are some tips for making the best tie dye possible:

1. Make sure you saturate your fabric with as much dye and possible.
Once your shirt/whatever you're dyeing is all tied up, soak it with dye. Every little crack of fabric that you can possibly see should be dyed. If you're not sure that you've soaked it completely, add more dye. You'll be able to tell when you're done when the dye starts dripping out of the fabric.

2. The type of dye you use makes a difference.
If you use a cheap tie dye kit, the results aren't gonna be as good. I always use Rit Dye because it's super saturated and you have a huge range of colors to choose from. 

3. Wear gloves when you tie dye.
This goes for all types of dyeing, but I learned this the hard way. At camp, we tie dyed shirts and bags, and all of our hands were purpley-red for the next three days. It kinda sucked. Just make sure to wear gloves, and if you don't have gloves, cover your hands in plastic shopping bags.

4. Don't be too meticulous with your dyeing.
I've found that dyeing random sections of your bundled-up fabric with weird colors and hoping for the best always makes the coolest tie dyes. It's like shooting with a film camera; you never know what you're gonna get until it's done.

5. Recycle your dye.
When you have 15 + teenagers tie dyeing together, there's gonna be pools of random colored dyes everywhere. One of my counselors showed us the coolest tie dyeing technique where you bundle up your fabric in random sections and dip it in all of the extra dye pools. With us, we got a cool greenish brown with red and blue patches. It was crazy cool and every dye job turns out different.


xx Alyssa

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