Tie Dye Effects

Tie Dye Effects

Tie dying it a great way to revamp old linen and funk up t-shirts and clothing. Here are 8 effects with pictures that you can use.

What you need

This article gives you details on how to tie your fabric for tie-dying effects.

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Figure 1 :

Sewing: This technique can be used for many effects. Fold fabric in half and draw diamonds (or other shapes) with a pencil or chalk and stitch around the shapes and then pull the threads up as tight as possible before fastening off.

Figure 2:

Clump tying: Tie a stone or large butter beans into the fabric for circles. Alternatively for larger or smaller effects try coins, chick peas, rice or even shells. Use elastic bands or thread to secure.

Figure 3:

Circle Knotting: Mark random points on the fabric with your pencil or chalk/ Pick up these marked points and tie a knot in the fabric at that point.

Figure 4:

Marbling: Crumple the fabric in the hand and bind into a tight hard ball. For each color, crumple the fabric in different places for a random effect. For a large garment, bunch along length section by section for a long firm roll.


Figure 5:

Pleating: Gather the fabric in regular folds like an accordion and bind tightly at regular intervals.

Figure 6:

Clump Ripples: Tie in a stone and criss cross with the thread. Bind along the loose fabric at intervals for a rippling circular effect.

Figure 7:

Knotting: Tie a length of fabric with equally spaced knots along it.

Figure 8:

Twisting and coiling: Twist the fabric tightly so that it coils back on itself. Bind at ends and at intervals along the skein.

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  1. tye dying is getting very popular again this is going to be fun to add to our tshirt business! thank you so much !!

  2. Very good.. but some of them need to be explained or have steps to them.

  3. Good. Could you include how to dip the shirt into the dye?

  4. very nice

  5. It was gd but it doesn’t say how to do different methods of tie dye

  6. I like this website but why do you have to put in so many complex words? I think you should make the words smpler because I am a year 7 student at a english high school and i do alotof work but please make the words simpler. But every thing else simple.

  7. Good ideas for first timer. Thanks

  8. very good i just love coming on this site and find out tips and idea and easy guides to the craft things i want to do. i would strongly reccomend it to anyone and i congratulate the makers of this website! i love it!

  9. very interesting, and easy to follow.

  10. Thanks for all the ways to do tie dye.

  11. Very interesting. The pictures illustrate and clear up the instructions.

  12. TCsmom its called tye dying.

  13. i like it

  14. thanks ..my grandson’s 4th grade class is dye-tying & this helps alot…

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