PD04 How to do tie-dyeing by loe13858


Transfer the design to stiff plastic and pierce the pattern with a thick        Alternatively, the cloth can be folded and tied as described in the
needle (the holes should not be too close). Put the plastic over the            lehariya method, a tie-dying method used in India for turban cloths.
prepared cloth and lightly mark through the holes with a soluble                Fine cloth such as muslin is folded concertina-fashion and tied tightly at
marker.                                                                         intervals. It is dipped quickly in dye of a pale colour. Some areas are
                                                                                then unrolled and the process is repeated with progressively darker
                                                                                dyes, to build up a range of colours in stripes.
Making the resist
Pinch up little pieces of cloth and bind tightly with heavy (preferably
waxed) thread. Create different patterns by changing the spacing of the         Dyeing
tying. The thread has to be wound and tied tightly to prevent dye               Dye the cloth using the palest colour first. Dye can be mixed in the
penetration. The thread can be carried over to the next knot, rather            same way as for applied resist-dyeing. The fabric should not spend too
than needing to be cut after each binding. If thread is tied around cloth       long in the dye to prevent colour penetrating the thread. Rinse and dry
only, a tiny spot of colour remains in the centre of the resulting circle. If   the fabric and then tie more knots to reserve areas for the second
a small object, such as a pebble or a bean, is tied up in the cloth, the        colour. Knots already tied should not be untied.
centre is much bigger. Specialist books will give you more ideas about          Dye the fabric again with the next palest colour. This process of tying
methods and how to combine them. Do not tie all the dots in one go -            and dyeing can be repeated often, providing dye colours go from light
leave some for tying and dyeing with subsequent colours.                        to dark. Rinse and dry after each dyeing. After the last dye, untie all
                                                                                the twists of thread, wash the fabric in detergent and press firmly.
                                                                                Display, compare and discuss the results. What was done differently
                                                                                on the second attempt at dyeing, having learnt from the first?

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