Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Upcoming videos

I'll bet you thought I fell into a vat of dye, never to be heard from again, right? I can't believe I haven't posted anything here since August! Not for lack of desire, just no time! But I did want to let you know I plan on at least 2 more demo videos soon, first will be scrunch dyeing with a variation where I freeze the shirt before dyeing;

second is a pattern I like a lot... a combination of a diagonal stripe and medallions tied with sinew.

Anyway, my plan is to try and get these done in the next month or so, weather permitting. And I say that because my experience is the dyes do better when the temps are warm, but if needbe, I'll do them in the laundry room instead of the garage.
Then what? Well, I have a full project board with lots of things I want to do, but what seems to be floating to the top right now is batik. I have dabbled in this area over the past few years:

Mostly, I've done autumn leaves, but now I want to branch out with stamped designs, as well as some more traditional batik designs on shirts. I'm busy gathering up the tools I will need, and ruminating over what to do first, next, etc... my brain just won't shut up! So I hope to have lots more to share with you in 2011! Hope you're trying some of the demos I have already done, and if you think of patterns you want to learn, let me know. If I already know how to do them, I'll try to set up a demo. If not, I'm always on the lookout to learn new patterns myself, so we can learn together!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great holiday!

Friday, August 20, 2010

The "Other" Rainbow Swirl shirt

If you have watched my video demo on the Rainbow Swirl pattern, you might have wondered what I did with the shirt I started dyeing without first pre-soaking in Soda Ash solution... well, here it is:
I left it bound and let the yellow dye dry out; next I soda soaked it, squeezed out the excess soda ash solution and let it sit for a couple of days, then applied the dyes and batched as shown in the video. Just goes to show, goofs can be overcome!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Rainbow Swirl Demo

I just added the demo for the Rainbow Swirl pattern on the right sidebar. Here is the shirt I dyed in the demo:

Hope you enjoy the video!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rope Wrap Shibori Demo

By popular demand, I have just uploaded a video demo on how to dye a shirt using the Rope Wrap Shibori technique! I hope you will find this useful, and hope you give it a try! You can find the demo on the right sidebar. And here are pictures of the shirt I dyed in the demo, so you can see the results:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Tie-dye poll

Hi, all. I just added a new poll to see what other patterns you might like to see demonstrated. The poll will be open until August 8th, so let me know!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Novas demo video

At last! I finally got time to create a demo on how to do what I call the 'Novas' pattern, or concentric circles!

I will post pix later of the 2 shirts I dyed in the demo so you can see the actual results. One correction I need to make on my description of how I do a shirt with two dye baths: I indicated that I would rinse out the shirt after the first dye bath, but what I meant to say is I rinse and wash after removing the rubber bands, then I proceed with banding novas in different areas and then apply the second dye bath. That's what happens when you work without a script! At any rate, I hope you enjoy the show!

Update: Here are the pix of the shirts I dyed in the video earlier today:

This is the first one I dyed, with yellow, fuchsia and turquoise. I used a little more yellow than I would have liked, so most of the shirt is green, but if you look at the nova on the top left side of the photo, you will see where the blue and fuchsia blended, and there is some fuchsia overdyeing the yellow on the nova in the middle to the right of the photo.
This is the overdyed shirt that you saw when it was turquoise with white novas. Now the white novas are faint mauve tones and the novas I created today stayed turquoise when I overdyed with lapis.

Here is another multiple dyed sample I did a few years back which better demonstrates the layered technique:
You can see both rust colored and green novas on this piece... that's what I aim for when I do the multiple dye bath version.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Rope Wrap Shibori

Last year, I did a lot of experimenting with 'pole wrap shibori', with mixed results. I finally tried it on a 5 gallon bucket, and was able to get good results, but it's a lot of work and uses a lot of sinew. And it never really gave me the design I was hoping for, which is a 'water' design. Well, recently I bought a dyers book, 'Fabric Dyer's Dictionary' by Linda Johansen, which mostly focuses on dye recipes, but in the back she has instructions on how to create several patterns, including 'Rolling on a Rope'... guess what? It creates water textures! Here is a shirt I did using this technique:

I used a four foot section of 3/4" nylon rope to roll the shirt around, then loosely rubber banded the ends and middle, and scrunched the shirt together. Then I poured over the dyes, let it sit for an hour, added soda ash solution and batched for another hour, then rinsed/laundered. I will be using this technique a lot more, and may need to get some more rope! Fun and very simple!

Update: I am adding a photo of a coverup currently batching that I rolled and dyed the same as the shirt above. Hopefully, this will help you to visualize the process a little better. See comments below.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Process Pledge

I just took the "Process Pledge" (see sidebar), which means I plan to do a better job of posting about how I create some of the tie-dye designs I have posted photos of in the past. I created my first demo video awhile back, showing how to create the "Bamboo" pattern, and promise to get back to creating more demos soon. As I mentioned in my first video, the reason I want to do this is when I started to tie-dye, the only instruction I could find was in books with black and white photos... hard to translate into color! And seeing someone actually tie and dye is much easier for someone like me who is very visual in how I process data, so I'm hoping to get back to the list of patterns soon and crank out some more instruction! Hold me to it, and let me know if you have a design you want to learn. Next up is "Novas", then I'm open to suggestion!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bamboo Pattern Video is here!

Well... it's not Hollywood, by any stretch of the imagination! I did it on the fly, and I'm the writer/director/cameraman/demonstrator... Bottom line, I'm hoping you can get the gist of how I tie and dye the pattern, and please let me know what you think if you have the time to watch it! I will post a link here and on the sidebar.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Video progress report

Hah! I just finished filming the first segment of my instructional video on the bamboo pattern! And I should have the rest done and uploaded to the blog by the end of this week! Of course, it's very home-movie... the first segment is filmed in my kitchen, where I do my tying or scrunching, and the dye segment will be in my laundry room where I do all my dyeing, so what better place?
I hope you enjoy it, and of course if you try the pattern, I would love to hear feedback on how the instructions work for you! Stay tuned...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tie-dye Poll

I just added a Poll on the right column... if you could see a tie-dye pattern demonstrated via video, which would you rather see? The choices are:
Rainbow Swirl,



Diagonal Stripe with Medallions,

or Other.
If you choose Other, drop me a comment and let me know the pattern you would like to see demonstrated... if I know how to do it, I will add it to the list. I'm planning to start creating videos soon, and would like to do the most requested patterns first. The poll will be up until the end of the day Wednesday, March 31. I will post the results April 1st. I will demonstrate the way to create the pattern, and also how I apply the dyes.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bamboo, at Last!

I have been trying to learn how to make the 'Bamboo' pattern I saw in a photo a few months ago... I've posted pix of my previous attempts. But I was never satisfied with how the design came out. Today I had a breakthrough, and I have Glennis Dolce to thank for it! I'm taking an on-line class from her on Shibori techniques, and even though we are working in silk, using Colorhue dyes which are designed to use on silk, and the technique she was demonstrating is 'makiage', which is a stitched/wrapped shape such as a circle or square, I could see what I was doing wrong on the Bamboo pattern. Today I dyed a shirt using the new version of the way I applied the dye, and voila! I think I got it!
Just goes to show, if at first you don't succeed, just keep on dyein'! ☺

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spotlight on Constance Rose

I know I said I was going to convert this blog to strictly tie-dye information, but I have a 'blog' friend who is incredibly talented, and she has a blog where she is offering hand-dyed fabrics, art quilts, beaded jewelry, woven scarves, etc. It is well worth a visit to see her work, and maybe part with a little money to own some of her gorgeous creations! Click here to visit her blog. I'm also going to add her to my side bar for future reference.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Another new site

I am posting another link to a very talented shibori artist, Glennis Dolce. If you are interested in learning techniques for tying, dyeing, etc., do check her out at http://shiborigirl.wordpress.com/. Her blog is full of great information, videos, and she also teaches at joggles.com! Score!

Friday, February 12, 2010

New link for shibori information

I just added a link to 'Entwinements', Karren Brito's blog, on my sidebar under 'tie-dye How to Information'. Karen specializes in Shibori dyeing, and has a book out on the subject, "Shibori: Creating Color and Texture on Silk". I posted this because of the great information she has on her blog regarding how to tie, stitch, fold, etc... in addition to dyeing methods. Since tie-dye is an offshoot of shibori, the information can be helpful to anyone interested in learning the various resist methods.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

More Bamboo pattern

I dyed another shirt using the 'Bamboo' pattern, and I think I'm getting closer to what I want. This shirt is a lot thinner than the tank I tried originally:

I have some more 'batching' that I dyed today, and I have made some alterations to the way I wrapped the sinew. In addition, I used direct application to dye this shirt, presoaking in soda ash solution. The original attempt was done using low water immersion dyeing, and then applying the soda ash solution after. I think this is a case where direct application gives a better result, due to the tightly wrapped garment. Pre-soaking allows the solution to be absorbed better, which allows the dye to bond to the fabric more completely. More to come...

Friday, January 15, 2010

"Bamboo" pattern

I just tried a new (for me) pattern today, and thought I would share it with you:

I dampened a women's tank top and vertically accordion folded it. Then I bound it with sinew

Next, I placed it in a plastic bin and poured dye over it
I let it sit in the dye for an hour, then poured over soda ash solution, continuing to let it sit for another hour. Then I untied and laundered in Synthrapol. Here is the result:
I plan to work on my technique some... I want less undyed area and a more distinct marking from the binding. I'll post more pictures as I go along.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I have decided to create a series of short instructional video clips for how to create various tie-dye patterns, and how to apply the dye in a couple of different ways. Good thing my hubby knows how to operate the video camera! Stay tuned... this might be hilarious!