Making dye patterns with wooden blocks and clamps?? Sure, I'll try that!!
Itajime Shibori is a traditional Japanese method of folding and clamping fabric to create intricate dye patterns. Well, I gave it a go and cranked out a pair of rockin' cool tights!
Here's my how-to:
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Mix up your dye! Stir 1/2 package of RIT Royal Blue dye and 1T of RIT liquid Black dye with 1 gallon of very hot 140º water in a large plastic container. If your tap water's not hot enough, just heat some in a tea kettle. Now immerse the entire clamped-up tights contraption in the dye bath for about 10 minutes. Remove the clamps and rinse out the blue dye.
While the tights are still wet, over-dyed the tights with 1/2 package of RIT Fuschia dye, using the same method for a real pop of color. After removing from the dye bath, rinse until water runs clear, wash in mild detergent and hang dry.
And there you have it. Super fun n' easy, right?