A New Craft

Hello and welcome!

I started a new (to me) craft this month – it’s Tie-Dye. Here in the U.S. tie-dye clothing is most associated with the 1960’s and the hippie era, however according to this article tie-dye was first used in the 6th century in Asia and first used in the U.S. in the 1920’s. Tie-dye methods have evolved over the years, so if you remember making tie-dye t-shirts by putting rubber bands on a shirt a soaking it in a bucket of dye that is not what I did.

I bought a kit that came with five bottles of different colored dyes and enough dye to fill each bottle twice. Form that kit I was able to create the 8 t-shirts below plus one more that I made just because I didn’t want to waste any of the dye.

For design ideas and inspiration, I watched videos on this website.

I then clothed my whole family in tie-dye. There is one for each of my (4) daughters, one for each of my (2) grandkids, one for my husband and one for me.

It was lots of fun experimenting with different techniques of folding and applying the dye then waiting to see the results. I see more of this in my future. πŸ™‚

Granddaughter Addy wearing her “beautiful new shirt” as she called it.

Have you ever done tie-dye?

Have you ever worn tie-dyed clothing?

Thanks for visiting.

26 thoughts on “A New Craft

  1. Ooh, I love tiedye. Years ago when I taught art in the summer to kids in grades K to 6, we always did tiedye on the last day as a treat and souvenir. The kids just loved it:-)

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      1. I had a picture of me in it in front of the Statue of Liberty – I knew I had it in a blog post and used it for Fourth of July, but I had made a collage and you couldn’t really see it well.

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  2. Excellent stuff Ruth!

    Suze did a few TD’s on her tee shirts before she left for Australia. They were so funny, they were old tee shirts, but l am not sure if she took photos of them, but they were so so so so yeah and more so so so tie dyed! Suze really loves TD.

    in the 70’s l had TD tees in Australia, l wouldn’t wear them now as they are just not me anymore, l don’t suit tie dye πŸ™‚

    The photo above looks cracking though πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Rory! Kudos to Suze for taking something old and making it new again! I know tie-dye is not for everyone and wasn’t sure if my husband would wear it. I was thrilled when he asked for one and the one I made him looks really good on him.

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  3. I did the rubber band method in my high school home economics class. It was alot of fun. But I think I like your results better. Very cool and definitely on trend.

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  4. I have tie dyed shirts a couple of time with the kids at school (and maybe VBS), and then with the grandkids when camping; but I also remember tie-dyeing fabric for curtains for my first apartment in 1974.
    The colors seem much brighter now than I remember them being years ago, but maybe not.
    Anyway, beautiful shirts. Addie is right.

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  5. I’ve never done or worn tie-die, but a few years ago when I was at that Woodstock reunion party many people had them on and they had tie-dyed big white sheets which were hanging up as part of the decor – the colors were so brilliant and eye-catching.

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  6. I’ve never worn a tie-dyed top, but I always liked the look. They seem happy and carefree, and perhaps they would affect the wearer’s mood. I’m sure I’d grin from ear to ear while wearing one.

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    1. I think it’s uplifting to see someone wearing tie-dye too. My husband has worn his a couple of times and it makes me smile to see him wearing it. I’d love to see you in one. πŸ™‚

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