Tie-Dye Fun for Everyone

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Tulip® Fashion Art recently sent me the Dye Techniques Kit to try and review here at FaveCrafts. We recently put together the Fun with Fabric Dye eBook full of fabric dye techniques and craft, so I was very excited to give this a try. I never knew how many things you could do with fabric dye!! The kit comes with everything you need to tie-dye the fabric of your choice including:

  • three 4 OZ bottles of Tulip® Permanent Fabric Dye™ (fuchsia, lime and turquoise)- These colors are bright, but work well together. You can use one, two or all three for your project. You can also blend the colors for solid coverage…I was thinking about adding turquoise to the fuschia for a deeper purple color. The best thing about these dyes is that they do not bleed everywhere. Precision application was surprisingly easy with the fine-tip squeeze bottles. And, I had a dyed product in about 4-6 hours.
  • one 2 OZ bottle of Tulip® Resist™- This nifty gel material allows you create areas that resist the dye…useful for creating white designs with the stencils, or you can create your own designs. Image painting an abstract design on you shirt with a the resist gel and then using the fabric dye.
  • three Tulip® Multi-Surface Stencils™
  • two sponge brushes
  • Reusable spray top- This can be placed on any of the dye bottles for spray technique…really cool and easy to use
  • 4 pairs of gloves- These are absolutely necessary. You will also need big garbage bags to protect your work surface. I did this in the kitchen near the sink and did not have much trouble with mess.
  • Rubber bands- Thick, sturdy rubber bands for a variety of dye techniques.
  • Instruction guide that includes five outrageous techniques; Shibori, Spray, Batik, Brush and Urbanesque.

I picked up a few white t-shirts at the local thrift store to experiment. Since this was my first time tie-dying, I wanted to try something with all the colors. The five techniques included in the kit booklet were great, but I picked the Swirl Tie-Dye Technique for my first project.


Here’s how my spiral-dyed shirt turned out.


Fun right? I love it! The technique was super-easy and I used the rubber bands from the kit.  I also used the spray bottle and the vaporization technique explained in the booklet to create a shirt for a friend, but I forgot to snap a picture before giving it away!  The look is very modern, different from the classic hippie look with my shirt. I’m planning on dying an apron soon with the shibori technique explained in the kit booklet too, so I’ll make sure to take more pictures. I amazed that I still have dye left!

If you are interested in purchasing this kit or any fabric dye products, you can get free shipping at www.ilovetocreate.com. Enter in the code “fave1009” for free shipping at checkout! Offer expires 11/30/2009.

Christmas presents perhaps?

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