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Tie-dye is an easy, rewarding and affordable craft that can turn silks, cottons and simple ready-made garments into dramatic fashion statements. Author Melanie Brummer is an expert at reviving clothes, linens and draperies with this creative craft skill.
Dyeing fabric to create beautiful patterns and gradations of color is a craft tha has been practiced throughout the world for centuries. Now this ancient craft is enjoying a renaissance as a style statement on the fashion runway.
Contemporary Dyecraft features more than 50 resist-dyeing projects that are easy to do and yield beautiful one-of-a-kind results. Popular methods used are bucket-dyeing, dip dyeing and dyeing in a washing machine. Brummer explains the chemical processes and technical aspects of resist dyeing and gives instructions on choices of fabric and color. The required equipment is largely household items that are inexpensive and readily available.
The projects use eight dyeing styles: flat color, graded color, crazed patterns, circles, stripes and coils, geometric shapes, spirals and stitched patterns. The materials lists are minimal, such as fabric, string or rubber bands, a bucket and kettle, and the dye.
The projects are rated by degree of difficulty and include:
- Skirt in a ball
- Reverse camouflage T-shirt
- Candy-striped silk scarf
- Water fantasy silk scarf
- Flowers on a shirt
- Parallel-striped Madiba shirt
is an excellent beginner's guide for anyone who wants to create new items or give new life to items already in their wardrobe.