Friday, February 24, 2012

Tie-Dye: Round 4

I used a "Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit - Neon" for this batch. Fuchsia, Orange, Yellow, Lime, and Turquoise. The Neon kit is either brand new or so old it's been discontinued as I can't find another like it now. :( Pity as I really like this combo of dye colors. But isn't that the way it always goes? You find a product you love and then poof - they decide to stop making it. 1 - Spiral
2 - Bullseye3 - Spiral
4 - Bullseye5 - Spiral
I've used the 5-color Tulip kits for all my tie-dye projects and what I've found is .. THEY LIE! The boxes clearly state "Dyes up to 20 projects!" Uh-Huh...Maybe if their idea of a project is twenty newborn socks or a few adult shirts with only a hint of dye each. It took almost an entire kit to do these five adult shirts (two XL and three LG).
The other thing I've come to accept is that with tie-dye, you can never be sure of the result until you un-tie and rinse it. Each unfolding is a surprise so you just cross your fingers and hope it'll be something you like. And I think I hit five of five with these. :)

8 comments:

ChasinRainbows2 said...

I've always wondered how people do the spiral ones. I love the bright colors of these, mine always turned out kind of a muddy pastel mess, so I quit trying to do tie-dye, LOL. Smiles

Michele said...

I've never understood how the process works and have never really been a big fan of tie-dye but these are great! Nice going!!!

AlmondJoy said...

Thanks! To avoid muddy colors, the shirt has to be the right amount of wet. Too dry and the dye doesn't bleed enough, too wet and it bleeds too much and makes mud where the colors run together. And when you purposefully overlap colors it helps to go in ROYGBIV order - so that your overlapping colors make a pretty intermediary color instead of mud.

Softailrider1 said...

Ought to be illegal to display your tees before Noon, or at least before folks have had their morning coffee . . .

Melobeau said...

What a great idea and they came out SO WELL. Kudos! Hope you can sell (have time to make) a whole bunch.
In case you don't already know about it, you might enjoy Dharma Trading Co.
Not sure if I'm allowed to put a URL here, so I will make an attempt to disguise it. www dot dharmatradingdotcom/tie-dye/

MagicByLeah said...

Wow that is quite a tie-die shirt collection, love it

AlmondJoy said...

Thanks, Melobeau & Leah! I will check out the Dharma Trading site. I'm starting a batch of 15 today. Oh my!

AlmondJoy said...

Thankyou, Melobeau, for the tip re the Dharma Trading site. I checked it out and they look like a great source for "blanks" - all kinds of everything in plain white cotton for dying or painting. Thanks!