Paula Burch's All About Hand Dyeing

Rainbow tie dyeing with a limited palette


blue turquoise and purple mirror spiral t-shirt

full picture of tee, lying on the lawn detail from shoulder region of shirt

This is one of my very favorite tie-dyes ever, because of the complex gradations of color. You have to look closely to see it, but it's a traditional double spiral design. I folded it in hlaf vertically before twisting it around. I clipped a clothes pin to the center of the shirt, and turned it until the folds that formed grew too tall, whereupong I split them and continued to turn. I fastened the resulting disk together with three or four rubber bands before dyeing.

Thes are quarter-size reductions of a snapshot and of details scanned directly in at 60 dpi. To see the full-size images, click on the small images to the left.
front chest detail of shirt

How I did it

I used Procion MX dyes, tied the shirt while it was still dry, pre-soaked it in sodium carbonate solution, then squirted on the dye solutions, which were made with usea, dye, and water. I left the shirt alone for either 6 hours or overnight, then machine washed it with Synthrapol detergent in first cold, then warm, then hot water.

See How to Tie Dye for more details.

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