Remember tie dying T-shirts on your front lawn as a child? I certainly do. I recall thinking that I was really innovative and creative when I bunched together random parts of a white cotton T-shirt with elastic bands to make splotchy patterns.
Eventually, I got even lazier in my teen years and thought it was super cool to tie dye a vintage Grateful Dead concert Tee for an added splash of color. As it turns out, I know nothing about this amazing art form.
Tie Dip Dye: Fashion and Lifestyle Projects to Hand-Dye in Your Own Kitchen by Pepa Martin and Karen Davis (BARRONS, 2015) takes the tie-dying process to a whole new stylish and elegant level. Long gone are the days of kid’s tie-dye projects. I respect the fact that you can complete these projects easily in your kitchen, but I’m still going to stick with my hippie ways by doing this project outside, barefoot, with a refreshing mai tai beside me. Here’s a quick recipe because you should do it, too. Make sure you’re well stocked with rum and paper cocktail umbrellas.
Tie Dip Dye has 12 techniques paired with a different project to try for each. You can liven up any white fabrics around your home—including tote bags, dresses, sarongs, table runners and napkins. These techniques range from basic folding of fabrics in certain directions, scrunch dying (the name says it all), binding with thread, and pole wrapping the fabric. If you want to get rustic, you can even rust dye fabrics using metal items found around your home. Try an old lucky horseshoe or grab an old rusty key and go crazy with rust patterns.
You can never fail with any of these designs—every single tie dye adventure brings out a completely new and stunning result. This is not your mother’s process from the swinging 1960’s —but I’m sure she’ll be interested in joining the new revolution of modern tie dye, mai tai in hand.