Tie Dye Clothing

Tie dye clothing is making a comeback as the quintessential hippie look which is making its way among the ordinary folk who want to experiment with color and comfort...
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Tie dye clothing instantly projects an image to mind - a hippie posing with a lopsided grin sporting the infamous peace sign. It doesn't have to be all about the hippie look, but can be a way to submerse oneself in color by using different tones to display a wide array of patterns and symbols. If you do enough research on the web about this fast catching on trend of bringing tie-dyeing back, you'll see that people have gone beyond the simple, to give people elaborate interpretations of what tie-dyeing can result in.

I remember back in school when we'd all sit down for a class of tie dye; it was truly an experience to carry forward for those who love how complicated it can get, with the process as mind-boggling as the design itself. Tie and dye outfits are now the in thing for casual wear and is a great way of making these at home should you ever decide to try out the method yourself. It doesn't require anything complicated when it comes to the making of these works of art.

How to Use Tie Dye Clothing

When it comes to tie dye clothing for women, there are so many ways on how you can use these outrageous and ingenious tie dye designs, to splatter your garments with. There's also tie dye clothing for men which are very Hawaiian-esque if you think about it. It doesn't only have to be clothes that possess these vibrant shades of color, but other household materials as well, or pretty much anything that you can set your mind to when getting creative. How about trying this technique out for the following stuff too?
  • Dresses
  • Undergarments
  • Bermuda pants
  • Hot shorts
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • T-shirts
  • Boxers
  • Hooded sweatshirt
  • Pullovers
  • Curtains
  • Tablecloths
  • Bedspreads
  • Cloth wall display
  • Bandannas
  • Cotton hats
Tie Dye Instructions

You'll stumble upon the ways on how to tie dye clothing, where you can use this method to bring forth any tie dye patterns that you have in mind.

Choosing Your Fabric
The fabrics that work best with tie dye colors are materials like linen, cotton, silk and rayon. These contain a minimum of 80 percent cellulose fiber, making it ideal for use when getting into tie dyeing.

Washing
It is better to have your choice of fabric pre-washed before you start out on your tie dyeing process. This will take some time so have it done in advance.

Fabric Tying
You should use either rubber bands or ordinary string to help tie your fabric together. To tie the garment means that you're obstructing color from seeping to another part of the material. You can either keep white/colored/blank spaces between each dyed section, to play out a particular pattern's design.

Mixing
When you buy the dyes, you can mix these together earlier, than when you expect to sit down and have this done, or you could just follow the instructions given on the packaging's behind. To start off with the mixing, you need to coalesce 1 tablespoon of urea, with a cup of 250ml of water. All colors require this portion of ingredients individually. The best dyes to go with are those that are fiber reactive in nature, with four teaspoons (per color, separate mixes) of this added to the urea solution.

Soaking in Advance
Before you use the fabric for tie dyeing, you have to first soak it for about 15 minutes in a mixture of one cup sodium carbonate and water. Remember to use a face mask and gloves before handling any of the mentioned mixtures in this process. Think you've got what it takes to work on complicated maneuvers while dyeing? Go to advanced tie dye patterns to give it a try.

Applying Dye
Using spray bottles for the dye mixture to avoid a mess, by first applying the colors to different parts of your tied fabric wherever you desire a particular color tone, and then leave this to sit for about twenty-four hours. To get an even layer of color on all the tied sections of your garment, soak each part carefully in the colored mixture of your choice, making sure not to spill anything. Then lastly, you have to wash the fabric with cold water and in the future remember to separate these from other clothes while washing. Your garment or home accessory is now ready for use!

Tie dye clothing is a great way of playing it up with color mosaics, that would turn out even better if you know the color palette of which colors merge with one another to produce a new tone. Mix and match colors and test out designs that will have people impressed when they see your work.