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The large, oversized, yellow bucket is nearly overflowing. You can see the tied fabric floating on the surface of the reddish water as tiny bubbles surface about the absorbent cotton material. The craftsman who is tie-dying the T-shirt, smiles at the simplicity of the process as he stirs the dye into the cloth. This craft is called,“Tie-Dye!.”

The ancient craft of Tie-Dye has been re-popularized in the United States.Tie-dye was once popular with the Hippie movement of the 1960s. The flower-children sported tie-dyed t-shirts, skirts, scarves, pants, and much more. Tie-dye was so popular in the 6os it became one of the major symbols of the rebellious young generation.

Today, in the 21st century, Tie-Dye is making a comeback. Major department stores, like Macy’s, are sporting tie-dye garments in their fashion collections. Tie-dye has again become a fashion statement.

A Tie-Dye creation is made by tying various parts of a cotton T-shirt using twine, cord, rope or rubber bands, then dipping it into a vat of dye to soak. The shirt gets tied in specific places for specific effect. The tied areas will not be affected by the dye and will maintain their original color.

How To Tie-Dye a T-Shirt:

1. Find an old, white cotton t-shirt

2. Select dye colors you like (red, blue, yellow, etc.)

3. First, soak the shirt or blouse in warm water

4. Tie up the areas you do not want the dye to stain

5. Place the garment in the dye -- soak -- stir occasionally

6. Wring out the t-shirt and untie the string or bands -- let dry

Tie-Dye is literally, as simple as that -- And, what a fun project! The craft of Tie-Dye is inexpensive compared to other craft projects. Materials are cheap. It is a frugal way to explore your creativity and to create your personal statement about fashion.

The Tie-Dye garments of the 1960’s were dirt-cheap compared to the pricey tags you’ll find on the racks at Macy’s. I suspect the price you pay in stores will quadruple what it would cost you to do-it-yourself.

Explicit steps and details for the Tie-Dye process care online. Most craft stores offer complete easy to use tie-dye kits. The kits are inexpensive and come with simple step by step directions.

So break up the monotony and treat yourself to a crafts project today. Go online and explore the wonderful world of Tie-Dye.


Street Talk

Thanks Christine, enjoy!

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  about 8 years ago

This is the wonderful blend of history and contemporary interest. You do have that ability! I checked out your website and enjoyed your diversified interests. I've printed your article and am storing it in my favorite Tie-Dye book, The Great T-Shirt Book! by Carol Taylor. I look forward to running into you in the years to come--when I just want to fill my heart with the effect of tie-dyed color.

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  about 8 years ago

I should have known your creative interests would span a variety of subjects! Thank you Lillian.

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  about 8 years ago

must try this. I love quilting and it would be a great way to design my own fabric. Thanks Lewis

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  about 8 years ago
Kymee  

Creative story to show creative idea by a very creative guy. Love it thanks.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks, Kymee! :)

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  about 8 years ago

Hi Lewis, This is a great article. One can also earn from this. Thank you very much.

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  about 9 years ago

Howdy, Geoff. Thanks.

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  about 9 years ago

welcome

  
  about 9 years ago

Latest styles in tye dye! I love it. Personal style by making it yourself.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for the comment, Cynthia!

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  about 9 years ago

Lewis, Very nostalgic! Jerry

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  about 9 years ago

Been there done that, Jerry?

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  about 9 years ago
Joan S  

You could start your own company making tie dye everything. It is simple, and beautiful colors can be made by overlapping. You can get a lot of dimension in the color. You can even combine tie dye with batik patterns. Oh, now I'm getting some ideas. Thanks Lewis.

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  about 9 years ago

Joan, you are such an artist! Creative people are the best. Thanks for the comment.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Lewis and Joan for your work here at SA. I learn from you both and appreciate it. I only vaguely heard of batic and wondered what it was so Googled it and discovered some beautiful images of art work to add to my collections. Thanks for the ongoing education in the world of art. Rob:)

  
  about 9 years ago
Joan S  

If you combine them, tie dye first. When the fabric is dry, then experiment with batik. I think you'll get some very interesting images. You'll have more control with batik. Just use the wax as an omit. The dye won't take where you place the wax. Want to see what you do.

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you Joan:)

  
  about 9 years ago

Cool idea Lewis, I tried it once and must do it again sometime. Thanks for the reminder about this old diy favorite:)

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Rob. If you don't mind a little mess this is such a fun project.

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  about 9 years ago

Batik = wax Tie-dye = no wax :)

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  about 9 years ago
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