We highly recommend Procion dyes for direct application
tie-dye on cotton. With this method, the first step is to soak the
fabric or garments to be tie-dyed in soda water. Then roll, pleat, stitch,
knot or wrap. Then apply the dye — our pipets work well. The work
is never immersed as a whole, and the colors stay more distinct and brighter.
See the schematic below, and Basic
Instructions. A few basic tie patterns are included.
NOTE: Procion dyes work beautifully on cotton, and not at all on polyester. Be sure to check fiber content. The polyester part of a blend will not take dye.
|APPROXIMATE AMOUNTS NEEDED TO TIE-DYE
3 Medium-sized men’s T-shirts (about one pound of fabric)
1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons, 9 grams) Dye
1 cup (1/2 pound) Sal Soda in 1 gallon water for pre-soak
1/4 cup Urea in 1 pint water for dye liquor
(pre-soak fabric at least 15 minutes)
Pre-Soak — Tie — Apply Dye
Let Stand (covered, at least 6 hours)
Undo Ties — Rinse — Heat-set if desired
TIE-DYE STARTER SET
Six colors of procion dye (½ ounce each Black, Clear Blue, Fuchsia, Lemon Yellow, Turquoise & Warm Red), a pound of washing soda, a pound of urea, waxed nylon and rubber bands for tieing, 4 squeeze bottles for applying color, gloves, and instructions. Starter Set will dye from 10–20 shirts (not included).
TIE-DYE SUPER SET
Four colors of Procion dye (4 ounce each Lemon Yellow, Warm Red, Fuchsia & Turquoise), 5 pounds each washing soda and urea, waxed nylon and rubber bands for tieing, 8 squeeze bottles for applying color, 2 pairs gloves, and instructions. Super Set will dye at least 50 shirts (not included).
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