Sunday, 9 June 2013

Tie-Dye Hobbycraft Shirt

Yep, I tie-dyed a workshirt.

Following on from my tie-dye skirt I was asked to produce a shirt for display in Carlisle, Hobbycraft, so I took home a lovely crisp, never worn, work shirt and gave it the colour treatment.  (it is a pale blue colour to start with)

Using some marbles I tied them all into the shirt (took ages! - well actually I skipped off for a sly wee and a read of a magazine while Hubby did it - why have a monkey and climb a tree for coconuts yourself?)

Then I dyed half purple and the other half green.

Groovy baby!

Want to make one yourself?

What you need:
  • a shirt you want to dye.
  • Dylon hand dye in two colours
  • an old bucket / sink basin
  • measuring jug
  • marbles
  • elastic bands

What you do:
  • Wash the shirt by hand and wring it out well.
  • Take the marbles and tie them into the shirt, as many as you can fit in gives a nice pattern.
  • Make up the dye according to the instructions
  • Position the shirt so only half of it is in the dye, poke it, swish it, leave it for the allotted time.
  • Rinse in cold water and wring out at much as you can do with a shirt full of marbles!
  • Prepare your second colour and repeat the process with the other side of the shirt.  Don't worry about being too exact as ome cross over is good as you get a third colour, as is leaving a little of the original colour to help blend.
  • Rinse well in cold water and remove all those marbles.
  • Wash according to the instructions on the dye.
  • Done!

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