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Easy projects rethink tie-dye for elegant gifts

By JENNIFER FORKER Published: December 4, 2012
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/articleid/3734868/1/pictures/1900264">Photo - This publicity photo provided courtesy of “Martha Stewart Living” magazine shows a dip-dyed finished scarf as seen in the October 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living. This DIY project and other dyeing projects are featured at Martha Stewart online. Scarves take on a whole new look when dip-dyed, a DIY project that requires little investment in time or money. (AP Photo/Martha Stewart Living, Johnny Miller) ORG XMIT: NYLS189
This publicity photo provided courtesy of “Martha Stewart Living” magazine shows a dip-dyed finished scarf as seen in the October 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living. This DIY project and other dyeing projects are featured at Martha Stewart online. Scarves take on a whole new look when dip-dyed, a DIY project that requires little investment in time or money. (AP Photo/Martha Stewart Living, Johnny Miller) ORG XMIT: NYLS189

A DIYer can get a lot of variety out of this project without much work, Watts said. From socks to shirts, she recommends experimenting with folding or bunching the fabric before it hits the dye bath. Another option: Dip an item partially into the dye bath, allowing the color to bleed upward into the fabric.

“It'll fade dark to light,” Watts said.

Any fabric that can soak up dye color will do, but Watts said knits will “come out as a blurry splotch. You're not going to have the same distinctiveness.”

Don't limit yourself to white fabric and clothing either. Blake Ramsey, holiday craft editor at Martha Stewart Living, said a blue chambray scarf she dyed in blue turned out beautifully.

Besides the indigo dye traditionally used in shibori, Ramsey said to try using a burgundy or oxblood shade, which are trendy colors this fall, she says.


AT A GLANCE

Dip-dye Scarf

Supplies:

• Scarf

• Iron

• Clothespins

• 3 plastic bins (the size of shoe boxes)

• Liquid dye, such as Rit

• Dye fixative

Assembly:

1. Accordion-fold scarf. Press with the iron, secure with clothespins. (If scarf is wider than bins, fold in half widthwise after folding.)

2. Mix dye in a bin according to manufacturer's instructions. Dip scarf's folded edge in dye (the resulting stripe will be twice as wide as the dip).

3. Dip scarf's folded edge in another bin filled with cold water to rinse.

4. Mix fixative in another bin according to manufacturer's instructions. Dip folded edge in fixative to set.

5. Clip accordion-folded scarf to a clothesline or pants hanger. Place newspaper or a drop cloth underneath scarf to protect surfaces. Let hang to dry, about one day.

Source: Blake Ramsey, Martha Stewart Living

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