Tie dyeing is a creative process where fabrics are tied into various patterns and dyed using various colored dyes. To create unique patterns fabrics, t-shirts, sweaters, or clothes can be folded and tied using string, rope, craft wire or rubber bands. Using any of these items will stop the dye from absorbing into the tightly tied areas which will result in the area staying white or turning out a very light color depending on how tight it's tied. Bright colors are commonly used, however, tie dyeing can be done using any color you desire including pastel shades and earth tones.
Cotton knit and woven fabrics are ideal for dyeing, but other fibers can also be dyed. It's important to note that polyester fabrics are the most difficult. We've created many high-fashion tie dye looks for fashion designers that are referred to as elevated tie dyes. These are the looks you see on celebrities, fashion models and in runway shows.
Tie dye projects always have an element of surprise that makes it fun and keeps you coming back for more.
Here are the step by step instructions in a handy flow chart for creating tie dye garments or fabrics
Garments or fabrics are folded and tied according to the pattern or design you want to achieve
Fill a pot with water and heat until hot ↓
Add dye and auxiliaries to hot water ↓
Submerge garment or fabric in dye bath. Time in bath will depend on desired shade. Darker shades should stay in longer than light shades. ↓
If color match is important, take garment or fabric out and blow dry a small area to see color ↓
If the color looks good, rinse until all excess dye is washed out. ↓
Dry your garment or fabric ↓
That’s all there is to it, once you get the hang of the process the possibilities are endless. If you would like comprehensive step by step video instructions taught by our dye masters feel free to check back soon to see our new series of tie dye videos with detailed instructions and chemistry tricks.
In our new videos we will teach you to elevated tie dye looks along with traditional ring burst looks on sweatshirts, dresses, and shirts.