NHTieDye.com Do It Yourself Directions - Star!

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You are a star!
place a large star on the center of your shirt!
You will need 4 sticks. I use chopsticks, but pens or pencils will probably work just fine.

You will need:
Trash bags to protect working surfaces, plastic grocery bags to store your creations in, Paper Towels to clean up and wrap your work in, Rubber Bands to tie up your shirt with, Rubber Gloves to protect your hands, Eye protection, and clothing protection, Plastic Bucket to soak your shirt in, Chop Sticks to spiral shirts with, Dye squirt bottles, Dyes, Fixative, detergent, Clean Shirt, Or our tie dye kit :-)

Extra Chopsticks to tye this pattern with.

In the bucket, Soak in the right fixative, for the fiber reactive dye, that is a solution of one cup Soda Ash, or Sodium Carbonate in a gallon of water. Wring out the shirt really really well so that there will be space in the fabric for the dye.

Use only the right fabric for the dye you are using and follow the directions. I use a fiber reactive dye. So It won't react with synthetic fibers Nylon, Polyester, Spandex etc. But will work on any plant fiber based fabric, Cotton, Rayon, Hemp, Linen, bamboo, etc. Cover your work surfaces with plastic! Cover your hands with gloves eyes with glasses and wear an apron, or smock. Mix your dyes and fixative just before your tie dye session. Dyes don't keep well.

Step 1 spread out

Spread out the shirt on a clean surface. If there are stains or spots from other tie dyes, they add character, Groovy!

Step 2 Fold!

Find the center by folding over the shirt and making a little crease.

Fold the shirt in half, Now fold one edge at the middle to a 90º Fold the other side over the same way meeting the two edges together and forming a point at the center point of the shirt

Fold the two edges that are touching back on themselves creating small long triangle shapes. Do the same with the other side.

Fold one side over onto the other side keeping all the folds radiating from that center point. The folds going back and forth making one large long skinny triangle where you can open flaps of cloth accordion style.

Step 3 Tie!

Tie, but placing two chopsticks together with rubber bands above and below the folder shirt.

Sticks must be very tight in order to keep the dye from going from one section to the other. Make Triangles with the sticks. Going straight across will make more of a stop sign shape.

Step 4 Dye!

Place your shirt on an old towel, or paper toweling to absorb the excess dye.

To Dye, use a different color for each section. Strong contrast of color between sections helps. Don’t try to use too much dye especially along the sticks. Instead, open the folds and squirt some between folds. I use a contrasting color along the folds to make the star stand out better!

On this sample, I used a light green in the center, or at the point of the triange with a dark green along the folds to highlight. In the middle section, blues, and at the back purples. Try not to overdye, as the dye will bleed from one section to another.

This is the hardest part! The Dye needs to set on the fabric for a day! Wrap the shirt in some paper towels so that the colors won't bleed too much and wrap in a plastic bag so it won't dry out. Place your shirt someplace warm for a day! Yep you need to wait for the reaction to happen. Warmer shirts react faster. If you can't get to it right away, that is OK, I have waited for a week, but it is better to do it after a day or two. If you don't wait, the color will just wash out.

WAIT for a day!

Finishing Your Shirt!

1.  Wait 24 hours!  The toughest part as you want to see your new creation!  Your Tie Dye needs to be kept from drying out, and left to sit for the dye’s chemical reaction to take place.  If you don’t wait a good 12+ hours the colors will not be as strong.  Waiting several days is just fine.

2.  Rinse in cool water!  Wearing rubber gloves, and protective clothing, remove the rubber bands.  Rinse out the shirt in comfortable running water until there is little color coming out of the garment.
3.  Wash in HOT water!  After rinsing, wash the Tie-Dye with only other Tie-Dye garments in the hottest water you can.  If LOTS of dark colors were used in dyeing your garments you may need to wash more than once for the water to be clean of excess dye.  Only a small amount of detergent is necessary. 4.  Finish with a good fabric Softener and dry.  Add a good fabric softener.  The Tie Dye process is hard on the fabric, a good fabric softener will help restore the soft ‘hand’ of the cotton.  Dry and your shirt is ready to wear!
5.  Send John and Sarah a photo In your new Tie Dye! at: sarah@NHTieDye.com! and we will put  you on our website!  Congratulations you have a cool NEW shirt!

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