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TYE DYE INSTRUCTIONS

One of the most fun things to do for yourself and with the kids is TYE DYE.  Messy yes but lots of fun. You can dye clothes, hats, gloves, pillow cases, drapes, etc.  It is fabric you can dye it. 

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                    MATERIALS

1.     Garment or fabric to dye. SHOULD BE NATURAL FIBERS. Synthetics just do not dye well and  most.... not at all.
2.     Dyes, I only use Proscion dyes.  They are the easiest to work with and are very light fast and water resistant to transferring
3.     Soda Ash to put into the soak bath
4.     Large bucket for your soda ash and garments to soak.
5.     Rubber bands, lots and lots
6.     A plastic work surface for folding your garment. I use a plastic drop cloth over my entire table, but you can get by with a 30 gal plastic bag for smaller items.
7.     A dowel rod comes in handy you only need a stick of 8 to 12 inches (cut off an old broom)
8.     LOTS OF PLASTIC bags, I use my used grocery bags.
9.     Plastic bottles for mixing up the dyes.

10.  Plastic squirt bottles for applying your dyes, (I ask my hair dresser to save me her discards from perms)

11. A stack of old newspapers to place your garment when dying. Replace with another piece between dye application

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1)     SOAK FABRIC IN SODA ASH WATER   ½ to 1 cup per 5 gallons water.
  FOR AT LEAST 15-30 minutes. Be sure all of shirt has gotten wet and soaked.

2)     Wring out shirt. Remove as much water as you can.  Water in the garment keeps out the dye.

3)     LAYOUT shirt on CLEAN plastic to fold the shirt,.  Fold in tight small pleats.  RUBBER band to hold in shape. Experiment with different folds.
a.      Fold shirt from top to bottom and then fold and scrunch
b.     Fold shirt diagonally and then fold and scrunch
c.     Fold shirt from top to bottom and place end of dowel on the folded edge of the shirt and twist the dowel to twist the shirt, fold with your other hand as the shirt turns, remove dowel and add
rubber bands.  

 

4)     USE LOTS OF RUBBER BANDS, you want the design tight and snug so it doesn’t fall apart later as you handle it

5)     Put garment in a clean plastic bag to wait until you have folded all the garments you intend to do.
6)     Put a thick piece of news paper on your table to lay the shirt when apply squirt dye
7)     Put on rubber glove or you will be sorry later.
8)     I mix up a 6 or 8 ounce bottle of dye in the colors I am going to work, then I transfer some to a squirt bottle
9)     Mix your dyes according to the instructions on your dyes. More dye if you want dark bright colors.
10)   Put a shirt on the news paper (to absorb excess dye) and squirt your dyes onto the folded shirt. It is a good idea to keep a pattern for dyes., not just a squirt    here and there but a strip. When
you turn over the shirt, use the same pattern.  Colors that are next to each other WILL MIX see color chart below.
11)   Each time you turn your shirt, put down a new piece of news paper. Don’t place your shirt in the dye on the table.
12) be generous with the dye so you apply enough it can soak through all the folds. Any part that does not get dye will be white.

13)AFTER YOU applied dyes, put garment into a plastic bag,
ONE GARMENT PER BAG.

 

This is the hard part…….wait 8 to 24 hours.
another option is to mix up a bucket of black dye and soak the folded, dyed shirts in the bucket.  It still scares me when I drop them n but only the white on the shirt will take the
black dye and the colors will stay bright. IT'S MAGIC  and it makes a nice change.

14)Rinse out, in cold running water, as much dye as you can. 

What I do…
Start the washing machine, NO SOAP, fill with water, and turn it off. Rinse one garment at a time in the sink, then put into washing machine, turn on, swish swish and turn it off.   Rinse next garment,
put in washing machine, swish swish, turn off and continue until all garments are in the washer.  Turn on the washer and finish the wash and rinse cycle.  That should be enough, but if in doubt run through
 the rinse cycle again.

I have never had a problem with the dyes fading or leaking onto other clothing.  I usually throw my tye dyes in with whatever I’m washing.  But it would not hurt to be careful for the first washing or two.

Procion Dyes are available in small bottles about $5.00 and also in larger tubs from $18. To $30 depending on the color.  If you can’t find them, let me know as I keep a fairly good stock of
them for myself.

I am working on some fold patterns and will try to get them attached to this page in a short while

 

   REMEMBER THE COLOR WHEEL

PRIMARIES ARE circles on the wheel 
RED, YEL, BLUE
SECONDARIES ARE squares on the wheel 
PURPLE, ORANGE, GREEN
TERTIARIES ARE illustrated by triangles in above wheel, 
red/org, yellow/org.,   yellow/grn, blue/grn,   blue/purp and red/purp

RED +YELLOW  = ORANGE
YELLOW+BLUE – GREEN
BLUE+RED   = PURPLE

 

IF YOU MIX OPPOSITES ON THE COLOR WHEEL YOU WILL GET MUD, BROWN OR BLACK.
 Like red and purple, blue and orange, green and red.
 


 

 

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