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FAQ: How do you tie-dye letters of the alphabet?
Using strong synthetic thread (or nylon fishing line, or dental floss),
sew a straight line for each line in the letter, leaving long ends hanging out.
(Don't use cotton or silk thread because it will also dye, making
it harder to find later.) Use very long stitches, even as few as
2 or 3 to the inch.
Then pull each thread up by both ends, tighten it, tie it, and then dye
using either direct application or bucket dyeing.
When finished, *carefully* cut and remove the threads - beware of
nicking your fabric during this step!
For a banner with someone's full name, unless it's a very short name,
it's probably best to do only one or
two letters on a square of cloth, then sew the dyed squares together at
the end, to avoid a tangled mess. It's your call.
Need more help? Buy a book! Sulfiati Harris's "Rainbow Tie Dye"
is under $5 at the Dharma Trading Company and shows how to do this for
heart or star shaped motifs. The technique is the same.
There are many traditional tie-dye techniques based on sewing, used mainly
in India and Japan at this point. Many have very subtle, wonderful results.
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