Monday, December 21, 2009

New link added

Hi! For all of you tie-dye or shibori fans, I came across a new blog you should check out: She has some tutorials posted there on some tie-dye or shibori methods... worth a look! I will post this on the sidebar as well.

Friday, December 11, 2009

More info on dyeing

I wanted to post another forum I have come across which has a section for questions on dyeing: There are probably other threads at this site that deal with dyeing, but I saw several topics listed here that were intriguing. I would also like to mention that a search on youtube for tie-dye will result in a lot of video on techniques! Technology has opened up a whole new world of information that is readily available to us for learning new (to us) ways of folding and dyeing, discharging, etc. It's worth spending a little time to see what is out there.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New links

I have added a new link category on the right of the screen called Tie-dye 'How to' information, along with links to 2 forums and a tie-dye 'wiki' which all have great information on how to create tie-dye patterns. I hope you will browse them, and if you are interested in learning how to tie-dye, become a member of the forums where you can ask questions and read posts on various subjects pertaining to the dyeing process. Have fun!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Change is coming...

This blog was originally created to showcase the work of members of the 'Stuck in the 60's Guild of Recently, artfire added a blog feature for its vendors, so each vendor is now able to blog directly on their own storefront blog.
I have decided to convert this blog site to one that focuses on tie-dye, since most of my visitors come here looking for information about tie-dye patterns. My hope is to create some 'how to' videos that I can post links to here, and I also plan to add links to other tie-dye sites, forums, etc., to create a clearing house of information on the tie-dye processes I have come to use over the years. I would also love to hear from other dyers as to what they are looking for in the way of information on tie-dye. Based on the kind of traffic I have had here this year, I know there is much interest in tie-dye as an art form, and I hope to help satisfy that interest as an active and avid tie-dyer. So stay tuned... I will be working on the transiton in the coming weeks -- great winter project when it's too cold to dye! -- and we'll see where this takes us!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Simple Accordion fold

I was doing some color experiments yesterday, and just wanted to test them on scraps of fabric. So I did a simple accordion fold of each piece, then accordion folded them again in the opposite direction to form a square, then rubber banded them to hold the folds together. I was testing two colors full and half strength, so I have 4 samples of the same folds:
This is such a simple pattern, and yet I love how it looks! The only problem with doing this on shirts is they are thicker than this muslin, and the patterns don't show up as well. But it's an easy way to create a dye resist for a quick tie-dye!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Spotlight on " Happy Hippie Chick"

Beverly is a self-taught artist of many different art forms who believes strongly in reducing our waste and preserving the planet for future generations. she uses many different items in her creations, especially items that would normally find their way into landfills. You can visit her shop here and will be amazed with what she creates out of every day items such as scrabble tiles, bottle caps, etc. And her prices are well within most budgets! Keep her in mind for gift shopping as well as for your own stash!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Spotlight on "GreeneGoddess Mosaics and Mixed-Media Art"

Betsy is a self-taught mosaic and mixed-media artist and designer from the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. She is also Co-Founder of the PieceMaker Mosaic Artists. She offers a nice range of work in several mediums… great for home d├ęcor, and a great place to shop for unique

You can see more of Betsy's beautiful work here!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Spotlight on "Kynd Kaleidoscope"

Adelaide of Kynd Kaleidoscope is truly versatile. Her charming patchies made from gently used vintage fabrics and her unique and interesting jewelry truly remind one of the days of Woodstock and Flower children. So if your Flower child is still alive and well, take a trip down memory lane and maybe come away with one of the delightful items you find there!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Guild members

I have had such a busy summer! It's been nice, but I have fallen really far behind on my blog posts...
I would like to welcome several new guild members! I have posted links to their shops on my list of guild members (see right hand column), but I would also like to extend a warm welcome to them here: Crescent Moon Creations, Prossack Designs, Beeswax Candles and Handmade Soaps, Sleeping Wolf Creations, Michelle's Custom Jewelry and Crystal Wand Creations... what an incredible group of talented artisans and crafters we have in our guild! I hope to do some spotlighting of their work very soon, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, I hope you will take a few moments to visit our guild members' shops and see what they have to offer. is such a great place to find unique gift items, and (dare I say it?) you know the holidays are going to smack us up the side of the head before we know it! Might as well get a head start on gift buying now!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pole Wrap shibori

I have been experimenting with pole wrap shibori as a technique to use on shirts and tanks. I actually started this experimenting several years ago, but I was unsatisfied with the results. Recently, I decided to try again, and this time I decided to use a 5 gallon bucket instead of PVC pipe for wrapping the garments. The results have been very satisfying:

Both of these designs were achieved by wrapping sinew or cord around a tank that was positioned at an angle on the bucket. The different results were the result of either wrapping very evenly (the blue/green/lilac) or wrapping in a more cris-cross fashion (dusty rose). What I overcame by using the bucket was the 'overlap' or ghost image I was getting before with the smaller diameter PVC pipe as seen on the two tone blue below:
Just goes to show, never give up!

Monday, May 25, 2009

New pattern

For a long time, I have admired shibori patterns I have seen done by other dyers. I have even dabbled a little with some patterns, but never buckled down to learn proper methods. BTW, for those unfamiliar with the term, Shibori is a Japanese word that encompasses a number of different methods of resist-dyeing, using stitching, clamping or binding methods. I recently bought a wonderful book that delves into the history of the techniques as well as wonderfully illustrated instructions. So after doing a little experimenting, I completed my first 'mokume', or wood-grain patterned tank yesterday.

Actually, my first experiment combined mokume with karamatsu, which is a concentric circle pattern:

I decided that combining the stitches made the shirt very busy, so I will probably use them separately in most cases.
These are only two of the methods described in the book, and I plan to experiment with others, as well as continue with some I have already used in the past, such as pole wrap, clamping and binding. But I think I can improve on my execution of these techniques as well... so stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spotlight on Butterfleagreen

Butterfleagreen is "...three generations of crafters and all have different tastes and sometimes our work will cross over in different areas. We have a wide variety of different kinds of products, all made by us. You may find jewelry, toiletries, or just about anything else. We are my father, my aunt, myself and my two teen daughters."
I am spotlighting their work today because I have always liked the 'macrame' look, and they have a wonderful selection of hemp jewelry, such as this black and white zigzag choker:

Check out their shop here to see more of their fabulous creations!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm in print!

I recently added my ArtFire shop to an online directory, which lists independent artists/businesses. They showcase businesses on their blog via a 'Featured Artist interview, and my interview was published today. You can view it at look for the April 15 post. Nice!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spotlight on 2Dye4 Distinctive Tie Dye

I'm not the only tie-dyer in the 'Stuck in the 60's Guild'! Jo of 2Dye4 Distinctive Tie Dye is a fabulous dyer, and I am always in awe of her creations! Here is just a sample of her work:

Jo uses traditional methods to create truly wearable art! Visit her shop and you will see "...unique designs, discharge dyeing, traditional and original color patterns..."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spotlight on JAVA723

Judith from JAVA723 and I got to know each other this past year when she bought some tie-dye from me through my Etsy shop. When I opened my ArtFire store in February, she was my first customer. Then she opened her ArtFire shop and joined my 'Stuck in the 60's' guild. I wanted to give my readers a chance to see a sample of her beautiful jewelry:

I have always been a fan of dangly earrings, and I think these are really beautiful!
To quote Judith, 'Some of my pieces hark back to my joy filled days as a hippie - I still believe we can all work together to help the earth. . . .'. If you want to see more of her work, go to JAVA723.

Monday, April 6, 2009

'Novas' pattern

I really love the look of 'Novas', especially when I use multiple dye baths to create them. Here are pictures of my latest:

I started out by 'scrunch' dyeing the item using two light dyes: Dharma Trading's Cayman Island Green and Seafoam Green. After the dyeing process was complete and the garment laundered, I then used rubber bands to create the 'Novas' pattern randomly over the garment. Then I scrunched it up, placed it in a plastic bin, and used 'Periwinkle', a light mixture of Cerulean Blue, and Lilac, plus water in between to add light areas. What I like is that the light colors from the first dyebath 'glow' where the rubber bands resist the second dyebath. I also like that I get several different hues, and each 'Nova' looks unique! This has been a favorite pattern for several years, and I never grow tired of it. Here are some more examples:
The example below was done with a different technique, Direct Application dyeing, but the
results are similar:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

More new members!

I just added 3 new guild members to my list on the right side... that brings our total to 18! Lots of neat items for sale that are reminiscent of the 60's... go check 'em out!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Stitched tie-dye designs

One of my most popular patterns is a stitched design that comes out looking like a fern. I draw 's' shaped lines over my shirt, then use dental floss to make a running stitch that follows the drawn lines. Here are a few examples of the dyed design:
All three of the dyed items above were done using the same method, but the dye blended and acted differently on each one, making these one of a kind... it's what I love about tie-dye!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Guest Blogger of the Week - Journi

Broken 4 Art not only has an amazing shop, but she's also an amazing person. She's creative, inspiring, and supportive of all of the members of our group in so many ways. So, grab a cup of coffee, and let me introduce you to the artist behind the name! :)

How did you come up with your shop name?

"7 years ago, I found myself dealing with some life changing decisions that forced me to take a road never traveled. Facing personal challenges, I listened to the 'voice within' that suggested I start a journey into brokenness, acceptance, and wholeness. I knew that I needed to trust myself to take a road that I had always wanted to take, but I just never had the courage to do so. I have always had a dream to be an artist who worked in a studio creating art for my life and livelihood. But, somewhere along the road, I took that "Get A Real Job" road which only took me to a dead end. I slowly became aware that the brokenness that I was experiencing was actually a gift and a chance to take that step of faith to create the life that I always dreamed of. So, the name Broken 4 Art came from this experience. I was literally Broken For Art."

What inspired you do create your first mosaic?
"During my time of re-self discovery, I was at a bookstore looking at art books and I came across a mosaic book by Kaffee Fassett & Candace Bahouth. The page that I opened to, in that book, showed a face that was mosaic'd (the page before the contents page). As I took a hard look at that face, I realized that the mosaic face was like a portrait of me and where my life had been taken to. At first, that face scared me to the point that I had to look away...I looked away to the page to the left and as I did, I saw some beautiful mosaic flowers! I looked back at the mosaic face and then again to those flowers. I knew, right then, that I had arrived to where I was suppose to go next in my life - to become a mosaic artist...a Shard mosaic artist. I was to take broken found and forgotten items and place them back together in order to make something new from all of the brokenness before me."

Has mosaic art lead you to any other art forms, or been a lead to any other passions?
"My mosaic art lead me to my passion to try to keep our world cleaner by using reused, reclaimed items solely for my art. It has also renewed my passion for macro photography - finding beauty in things that we often miss."

Where does your inspiration come from?
"I don't sketch out any designs. Instead, I allow the design to emerge from where they are at that point in time. To me, a broken shard has it's own design, color, history. To start a mosaic piece, I look at shards and found items that I have around me and allow each item to determine whether it should be included or not. I know when a design is flowing when I find that my heart, and not my head, is at peace with it."

Do you have any mosaic daydreams? there one thing that you dream of being able to create someday?
"I desire to share this wonderful art form with others. It is my goal to create a Mosaic Artist 'gathering place...a commune'. A place where new and established mosaic artists come together with the common goal to create art, from broken creations, in order to restore unity and rest through each new mosaic piece. I long to create a place of creative safety with the hopes that each artist will find personal freedom in whatever they choose to do with their art and life."
Is being an artist your full-time job? What other jobs or hobbies consume your time?
"Even though my art business takes a lot of my time during the day, my art life will never be a "job". I'm a firm believer that everyone should do only what they love for a living and out of that will bring the harmony that all of us strive for in life. I believe that is the path to the Peace in this world. We just need to have faith in what we do and the rest will take care of itself....
Chasing squirrels while mowing my 'back 40' on my riding lawn mower and taking care of my fur-kids consumes the rest of my time! I love going to garage/estate sales to find more treasures for my art! I also love to chat online with my "Piece Makers" friends."
Tell us ,briefly, about your family.
"I am single and I live alone with my three fur-kids. I was young when both of my parents passed on around 25 years ago."

Why are you "Stuck In The 60's"?
I loved the loud music, the colorful beads, the long hair, the freedom from "petal pushers" - which led me to living in my bell bottom jeans, the vibrant colors that jumped alive when the black-light came on, lava lamps that could take me away to far away places, the freedom to say what I really felt, make love not war....Ahhh, the memories! Why would I want to leave...the 60's?
Please visit Broken 4 Art 's Studios to see all of the pictured pieces, and MUCH more of her beautiful & inspired art!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Fling coming!

Hey, all you hippiewear fans! Be sure to check out my shop this weekend, Friday March 20 thru Sunday, March 22 I and several of my other Stuck in the 60's Guild members are having a Spring Fling Sale! Time to start stocking up for summer! Here are links to the sale shops:

tiedyejudy that's me! Colorful, affordable tie-dye clothing for the whole family!
maggmania fun jewelry and other adornments
michiganhemp quality hand-made hemp items
Java723 beautiful hand-made jewelry
2dye4DistinctiveTieDye another great source for classic, well done tie-dye clothing!

We are all busy getting ready for the sale, and hope you will stop in and browse, maybe take home some great bargains! And don't forget to tell all your friends, family, co-workers, strangers on the street! We look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

There's more than one way...

I don't do much tied dyeing anymore, at least not as much as I used to. And I really don't do 'shapes' much. Mostly because they don't come out as well as I would like them to! One shape that I have requests for is the Peace Symbol, which is a real bear to tie, then get the dye to go where I want it and not spatter everywhere else! Well, I got an idea... probably not new, but new for me... the other day, and decided to make a screen with the symbol so I could print it over a dyed shirt. Duh! What a great idea! So I made the screen, dyed the shirt, then used dishwasher gel with bleach to 'discharge' or remove the dye, therefore creating the image:

I think if I had it to do over, I would make the image a little larger and the lines a little thicker. But it's a start, and I can always make another screen! Far out!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Guest Blogger of the Week - Rachel Bates

One of my fellow Stuck in the 60's guildmembers is Rachel Bates of tilesmile. Rachel makes wonderful tiles and other clay items, and ... well, I'm going to let her tell you about herself and her work!

I'm a full time studio potter living in North Texas. It seems that words have evolved into the work I do - when I think back I've always been interested in language and in the impact of words, whether spoken or written. I began my love for red clay many years ago after taking a workshop with Ron Meyers at Arrowmont School and have never turned back.

I think making tiles satisfies my architectural roots being raised by an architect and an artist. The words that go on them come from a desire to make people feel something and connect with each other in a warm and wonderful way. A tilesmile is sort of like a greeting card that people don't throw away. I've got plenty of paper cards that I have recieved - they are in a filing cabinet because I can't throw them out. But a tilesmile is different. It conveys a message that can be put on a desk or installed in a kitchen - a daily endearment, a funny word, or an inspirational statement. I've even done songs for people to install in their shower, so they can sing while they scrub.I'm also a painter - watercolor mostly, but love painting in encaustics too.

In clay I also make custom sinks and backsplashes, stove backsplashes, and lots of bowls of abundance. All of these items can be viewed at my website Say it with a SMILE and a handmade TILE!
Thanks, Rachel! And don't forget you can buy her beautiful work at her ArtFire shop tilesmile!
Next week, my guest blogger will be a very talented Mosaic artist... stop by Friday, March 20th, and you can read about her fabulous work!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My love affair with 'Scrunch dyeing'

For the first several years after I started tie-dyeing, I did folded and tied patterns almost exclusively. The few times I attempted a 'scrunch', which is where you crumple up the garment and randomly apply dye, the results were less than good... they were really bad! But a few years ago, I found instructions on line at Paula Burch's 'All About Hand Dyeing website, and I have been a fan ever since. Actually, Paula properly refers to the technique as 'Low Water Immersion' dyeing, because the amount of liquid used is very small compared to vat dyeing. But the 'scrunching' of the item to be dyed remains one of the basic components that creates the beautiful, organic colors and patterns. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about:

This one is a 2-stage dye job: Bubble gum pink first, then the second layer is deep black.

This one was done with 3 colors in one dye bath: Orchid, Lilac and Bronze
This is one color - camel! But it 'bleeds' out to a peachy shade, and also there is a hint of pale blue. This happened to be done on a cotton/spandex combination, and the addition of spandex adds to the pattern, I think.
The thing I love about 'scrunch' dyeing, is they are truly one-of-a-kind items! I could dye a dozen shirts using the same dye, and they would all come out looking unique. That's what it's all about!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More Tie dye Patterns

Here are a few more patterns I have learned to create over the years:




Some of these are fairly easy to tie and dye, others take a lot more effort. I am currently working to come up with a way to use screens to print some of these designs, rather than tie them as that application would be a little quicker to make them, I think. Stay tuned!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Busy day, new Guild members!

I was a busy gal yesterday... not only did I write the post about tie-dye here, but I added over 20 new items to my shop! Today I'm doing some color experimenting... I have a couple of new shades: Peach, Moss Green, and a couple of shades I've had for awhile: Baby Pink and Sage Green. So I'm dyeing some shirts to see how the new colors look, and will probably be doing some more dyeing over the next week. Every time I mix some dyes, I always end up with some leftovers, and I hate to waste them! So what usually happens is I use them to create new color combos. Since most of the dyeing I do these days is 'Low Water Immersion' dyeing, that means I get to make dye goulash! I know, it doesn't sound very appealing, but I get some 'knock your socks off' combos that way!
BTW, before I forget, we have new members in my ArtFire Guild, 'Stuck in the 60's ', tilesmile and spoiledbratzwear! I have added their shop links on the sidebar to the right... go check them out, tilesmile makes fab tiles, with really neat words and images and spoiledbratzwear makes too cute doggie apparel!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Tie-dye patterns

Everyone is familiar with the Rainbow Swirl pattern of tie-dye:

This is probably one of my best selling patterns... colorful, cheery, but it also appeals to the 'non-conformist' in us! But this is only one of many patterns that have developed over the years.

Did you know that tie-dye evolved from 'Shibori', a dyeing method that is thousands of years old?

Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye. Western civilization does not have an exact word equivalent that encompasses all the techniques of shibori. Tie-dye simply covers binding methods of dyeing, known as bound resist.

Here are a few more patterns I have used over the 10+ years I have been tie-dyeing:
Double Swirl with diagonal stripe

Variegated Stripe using clamps

Double Lightning Bolt

Mountain and Sun stitched design


Circles, clamp resist using tin can lids
These are just a few of the patterns you can create with tie-dye... more to come!