100+ Tie Dye Patterns and Techniques
String Watch the video below: There are also some written instructions, at Craftdrawer. For those instructions, you will need a needle and thread instead of the skewer. Sew a basting stitch through the line you drew with the washable marker Pull the ends of the strings, and it scrunches up like magic Now that you know this particular technique, the only limit to the designs you can do this way is your own imagination. Let's Take Things All The Way Once you master the following eye-popping designs , you'll be well on your way to turning heads with your work.
Shibori Remember we learned that the art of tie-dyeing started in Japan in the eighth century. Back then, it was called Shibori. Today, there are a ton of guides online to how they used to tie the fabric back in the day.
The techniques use cool things like stones and logs or, you know, PVC pipes since it's Check out a few of the Shibori tying methods in the video below: A lot of these tying patterns are incredibly intense. However, with a little practice, we have no doubt you can start pumping out some tie-dye shirts using the Shibori technique that will have everyone bugging you saying, "where did you get that tie-dye, man?
Instead of using folds in the fabric for resistance, for batik, you will use wax. In the video, she uses beeswax. There are a ton of different kinds of wax you can use on the market. Also, there are special tools you can get to paint the wax on your fabric.
You can get the wax as well as the tools at local craft stores or on Amazon or other crafty online retailers. Check out how she does it in the video below: Batik is an incredibly cost-effective way to make your designs stand out from everyone else's. You can even create layers and layers of color this way when you boil off one coat of wax and start over.
There are additional written instructions at Dharma Trading Company that we love. Starflower Finally, we will round out this guide with a design everyone loves on their tie-dye shirts: the starflower. In the video, you will see he uses a tapestry at first. However, he also shows you how to do a shirt at the end. Check out the video below: You can also use a similar technique to create one of those cool mandala designs, too.
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For the t-shirts in this tutorial, I skipped that step and the dye came out just fine in case you want to skip that step too! Start by choosing your desired pattern, then follow the steps below to learn how to tie your items to get the results you want. Be sure to tie your rubber bands snugly to prevent too much dye from leaking between the folds and eliminating white space.
Simply scrunch your fabric towards the center to form either a long snake-like shape like the one pictured above, or a round scrunched blob. Band your scrunched creation going across in multiple directions to secure the scrunching in place.
Bullseye A classic tie dye pattern, you can choose to do one big bullseye over the entire item pictured here or a smattering of smaller bullseyes, like in the example below. To create one large bullseye, identify the point that you want to be the center. Pinch the fabric on that point and pull your item upward from that point to the rest of the fabric drapes down.
Wrap a rubber band just below the center point, then tie additional rubber bands incrementally down the fabric until you get close to the bottom. I recommend spacing out two rubber bands at each point to create two rings on each mini bullseye. This helps ensure the pattern remains true to its name.
Swirl Another classic tie dye pattern, swirls are super satisfying to create. Identify where you want the center of your swirl, pinch the fabric in that place, and gently twist the fabric over and over until a swirl begins to form. Once all of your fabric has been incorporated into the swirl creating a big circle, band the fabric like slices of pizza until your swirl feels secure. The method for both is the same — the only difference being how you fold the fabric in the second step. The first step is to fold your fabric into a long strip.
If dyeing a t-shirt, be sure to fold in the sleeves. Next, accordion-fold your fabric in either a triangle or square shape. Last, cut two pieces of cardboard slightly smaller than the shape of your fold. Sandwich the folded fabric between the two pieces of cardboard and wrap rubber bands around to secure. The cardboard prevents dye from filling in the complete surface of the outside, creating the same negative space that will be revealed between the folds.
Rainbow Arc This rainbow pattern is particularly fun to create! Start by drawing the top and bottom of your rainbow arc onto dry fabric using a washable fabric pencil or washable marker. Next, gently fan-fold the fabric along each of the two lines so that each drawn-on line begins to appear straight on the top surface of your folds. You may want to pinch the two gathers and pull them away from one another as you go to straighten the folds in between them. Once all the fabric along the arc lines is gathered, band your fabric on each of those lines.
Then add bands incrementally between the two outside bands to identify space for each color of your rainbow arc. This same method can be use to create all sorts of patterns. You can even fold the shirt in half first before drawing an arc to create a classic double-arc rainbow.
Follow our suggested application methods below to achieve the results pictured in this post or have fun experimenting with different color placement! Prep Dyeing is messy business. Before touching the dye, be sure you have gloves on your hands, a table cloth on your work surface, and a smock or apron.
Dye Intensity Another interesting thing to note is that you can adjust the dye color intensity by playing with the dye-to-water ratio. In any case, you can test your dye colors before applying them to your fabric by squirting a little on a paper towel. Choosing Colors Colors that are applied next to one another will inevitably bleed into one another, so placing colors next to each other that look nice when mixed is a good idea.
Pink next to blue might create a peek of purple while yellow next to red will create a little orange. However, purple next to yellow will create brownish splotches, which are less than ideal. In short, avoid placing complementary colors next to one another. If you would like to use a set of complementary colors next to one another regardless, just be sure to leave ample white space between each section of dye so that the colors can bleed into white, rather than into each other.
Flip your pie and apply the same colors to the back side. This method results in perfect spiral stripes like the example pictured in this post.
Bullseye Bullseye is simple when it comes to dye. Each banded section can be a different color or the whole thing can be one color! Take each nub one at a time, hold it away from the rest of the fabric, and carefully apply dye. Each nub can be one color or as many colors are there are sections.
Once each nub has been dyed, lay the item out flat and carefully apply dye to the remaining surface area. Turn the folded up fabric as you go to make sure you dye each exposed surface. Also, the more white you want to appear, the tighter your rubber bands should be to prevent the dye from dripping inside the folds, so adjust accordingly.
Scrunch While the example above is covered just in black dye, a confetti of colors looks awesome, as does stripes. Again, just be sure to leave ample white space between colors that might bleed together into brown. Rainbow Arc Apply a different color to each banded section in the rainbow order of your choice.
You can either wet your item before applying the dye so that the dye flows easily on your fabric, or leave your item dry and massage the dye into the fabric to ensure that it takes. The example in this post was done dry, creating distinct edges on the rainbow.
You can either leave the top and bottom of your item white or dye with any color of your choice. I find pastel colors works nicely here. Choose whichever method will most easily prevent the different colors from making contact with one another. For example, a long, skinny bullseye might be better off wrapped in plastic wrap like a burrito, rather than coiled up to fit into a plastic bag.
Let your items sit overnight to absorb the dye, or follow the length of time indicated on your dye instructions. In general, the longer you let the dye sit, the more intense the color will be. Throw those gloves back on, head over to a sink or tub and remove those rubber bands to reveal your creations!
Rinse each item separately under hot water, rinsing out excess dye until the water runs clear. You want to wash each item individually or together with like-colored items with nothing else in the machine. Set load to normal, water to warm, and add a small amount of detergent. Dry together only the items that you washed together as well without a dryer sheet.
Single items can stick to the wall of the dryer so if you have a tennis ball, you can throw it in with the item to ensure it dries all the way. Wash your creations individually for the next couple washes to prevent remaining dye from staining other items. And there you have it!! All our tie dye secrets!! If you still have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below, email me at marisa theneonteaparty.
Be sure to tag theneonteaparty so we can see what tie dye amazingness you create!!! Happy dyeing!!!!
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The artistic, self-expression is one of the greatest appeals of tie-dying. Great, bold shapes and patterns can easily be created, even by beginners. The technique is hard to control if you are hoping for a very specific outcome.
100+ Tie Dye Patterns and Techniques
Remember, part of the fun of this technique is the untying of the fabric to see how it turned out. Knowledge is power, so you should learn as much as you can about what steps produce each result. There are many good videos, like this onethat will demonstrate how to do it. It is better to know how the process works before you get your hands in buckets of dye, only then to realize you have a question.
Gather materials You can start off by practicing on old white t-shirts and other light fabrics. If you want to buy inexpensive plain white or light shirts, that is also a good place to start if you are ready to wear what you make.
These are available in craft stores and often in grocery and other general merchandise stores. Rit is a well-known dye brand. Gather lots of rubber bands.
Get lots of them in varying size and thickness. Thicker, sturdy bands will work best to hold the fabric tightly. Buckets or squirt bottles. If you want to do wilder, bolder work, use buckets.
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More control, is the result of the squirt bottles. If you save empty condiment bottles, they would work well. This is an excellent outdoor activity. If you need to do it indoors, make sure you have a tarp, a dropcloth or newspaper to protect your floors. You will probably also want to use gloves or at least the plastic bags from grocery stores to protect your hands. After a little practice, if you are ambitious and want to work toward a specific design, you can use a highlighter to mark the shapes you want to make in advance.
The markings can guide the way you tie it up.
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For extra bright colors, you can also add soda ash to hot water and pre-soak the fabric. Laundry soda in the laundry detergent section of your local store.
Step 1 Soak your fabric or clothes to be dyed in warm water, This is water with the optional soda ash dissolved in if you have it. Leave them to soak for minutes. Choose a colors that will blend together well, they will be mixing in places.
Add one color to each bucket of warm water.
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Making sure not to contaminate the buckets with the other colors. A half-packet will be good for a partially-full gallon bucket of water. You can add more or less to make the colors bolder or more pastel. Tie them up Take the soaking fabric out and start tieing up the fabric. There are many different ways to twist, fold, roll and bend the fabric to get different results.
Make them tight! I used a glass Pyrex dish as my container because it fit quite well with the rack. Just make sure that your container is large enough to contain any liquids from the shirt. I used crushed ice so that I could make sure to cover all of the edges without the risk of larger ice cubes sliding off right away.
If you are currently in an area with snow, this step could be substituted with snow! Then, sprinkle the tie-dye color pigments over the ice. I had no rhyme or reason for where I placed the colors, I just sprinkled away. As a general rule of thumb, I do try to avoid overlapping colors that make brown. For example, blue and orange or purple and yellow.
Let sit for hours or longer. Tip: The longer it sits, the more intense the colors get. Then, wash and dry in the dryer alone. STEP 6: Place your pillow inside the shirt The following steps are optional if you wanted to turn your tshirt into a throw pillow.