How do I make a tie dye mushroom pattern?

How do I make a tie dye mushroom pattern?


Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

Jacquard Tie Dye Kit

Dye up to 15 adult-size T-shirts, with vivid, electric colors that are so colorfast they can be washed with the daily laundry.

Fold your shirt in half vertically, then use an ordinary pencil or a child's washable marker to draw half of the mushroom on your shirt, with the center at the fold.

Next start pleating (making small accordian folds) along the line, starting at one end where it crosses the center fold. Keep following the line as it curves along, continuing to make small folds, until you get to the other end, where the line again crosses the center fold line. Use artificial sinew or other strong waxed fine string to tie as tightly as you can on the line.

Apply one color of dye inside the tie, and another outside. If you wish, you can dribble another color right along the tied line itself. Do not use a hot water dye such as Rit for this sort of tie dye. You must use the kind of cool water dye that's in any good tie-dye kit. You cannot buy good dye at the grocery store, but you can buy a good tie-dye kit at any crafts store, and sometimes even at Walmart or Target. Look for a kit made by Jacquard, Dylon, Rainbow Rock, or Tulip. Follow the instructions in the kit carefully.

The technique is the same as the one used for tie-dyeing a heart shape. See the Tie Dye Wiki for a tutorial with good photographs on how to dye a heart shape. Also see Mushroom tie for tie-dyeing on the Dye Forum.

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Posted: Monday - February 02, 2009 at 10:30 PM          

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