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!

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