It seems a truism that “what goes around, comes around” but I hadn’t given it much thought until about a month ago when YA announced that she wanted to do tie-dye. She normally gives me a lot of grief when I wear one of the two tie-dyed shirts that I still own, so it was a surprise that apparently tie-dye is cool again. Only pastel now.
The last time we did die-dye was several years ago and in the process we had used up several colors, so new ingredients were needed. I got onto the website of Dharma Trading Company (a good source for a lot of fabric crafts) and let her choose the colors she wanted. It took almost 3 weeks for the supplies to arrive since their warehouse is only staffed by 2 people at a time right now and YA probably asked me every other day when the order would arrive. I ordered a “blank” sundress for myself, YA got two t-shirts and a sweatshirt for herself.
Despite the fact that I’ve done tie-dye for years, YA didn’t trust my knowledge, rolling her eyes and shaking her head. I sent her off to do her own research and “voila”… all my advice was corroborated, including making sure you wash your fabric to get the sizing out before you start dyeing. She REALLY didn’t believe me when I had said this was necessary. Thank you, Google.
She got the dining room table all set up while I mixed the dyes in the individual squirt bottles. Then we tied our projects. I went for a traditional sunburst pattern while YA only wanted the general “scrunch” look (no particular pattern in the end). I also wanted to use bright colors so I did my dyeing first and then YA headed back to the kitchen to water down the colors she wanted so her pieces would be pastel. Lots of color swatches on paper towels before she got what she wanted.
It was hard for her to wait 24 hours while the dye was setting and she was very concerned that if we did the final wash (in the washing machine) the color from my dress would bleed onto her shirts. Once again, thank you, Google. They turned out great – I’ve seen her wear both of her t-shirts already and I assume I’ll see the sweatshirt again when the weather cools down. Unless tie-dye goes out of style before that!
What would you like to see come around again?