I love gypsy skirts, crochet vests, beads, brass bangles, Indian textiles and tie dye. Lots of tie dye in all its myriad forms. It’s been in and out of fashion since I was born in the 70s, but I have been steadfast and true to my passion for it. I love the daggy rainbow tie dye of the 70s, I love the more sophisticated Japanese Shibori styles that are currently fashionable. Can tie dye be sophisticated? I think it can, and that’s what I attempted to do here.
Sophisticated tie dye. Wish me luck….
I found three plain white tea towels in the op shop (score!!!) that I knew would be perfect for dyeing. $1 each, so no biggie if it all went disastrously wrong, and trust me when I say that is always a possibility when dyeing things! I’ve been doing this for 30 years and still have disasters!
So I decided I wanted an inky brown-black colour. I dug out what packets of dye I had and chose black with a dash of brown to warm it up. (In hindsight more brown was needed to approach the colour I had in mind, but you live and learn.)
I played with different shapes for the tie dye.
A traditional spiral/circles type first.
Then what I refer to as “spanakopita ” tie dye because you fold the fabric as though making cheese and spinach triangles (yum… now I’m hungry)….this produces pretty patterns that remind me of a big Snowflake.
Then into the machine with the dye and salt….
No failures as such, although my Spanikopita (right) is much more subtle than I’ve ever come across.
The traditional circles (centre) have turned out more diamonds….I think I like that!
And the parcel shape (on the left) which lost two of the zip ties during washing is nothing like I expected. It reminds me of storm clouds somehow!
After drying and an iron (shudder, my most hated household task!), I’m not unhappy with the result.