HOW TO DO TIE-DYEING Preparation 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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