Dyeing and tie-dye techniques
 

Dip and dye

Decorating a plain fabric with the dip and dye method is very easy and although it is suitable for Infants and junior pupils, it can be very effective when used by senior pupils to create a background onto which further decoration can be added.

Dry Fabric Method

The piece of fabric to be dyed can be folded in a variety of ways and dipped into a variety of dyes. For very young pupils food colourings can be used whereas older children can dye with Dylon dyes which are economical to use or if none of these are available inks will also work.

Method 1

Fold a square piece of fabric in half, into quarters and then diagonally as you would if you were creating a cut paper snowflake. When folded the fabric will be triangular in shape and the three corners should then be dipped into the dyes. Choose two or three colours. Open the fabric flat immediately and allow to dry on a paper towel or newsprint.

Method 2

Fold a square or rectangular piece of fabric concertina style from one end of the other. When folded into a strip, fold the strip in half and dip each end into different coloured dyes. Open the fabric flat and allow to dry on an absorbent paper.

Method 3

Fold a square piece of fabric concertina style diagonally, fold the strip in half and dip each end into different colourings. Open the fabric out flat and allow to dry on an absorbent paper. These are just three examples of folding techniques. There are many other ways of folding the fabric and the pupils should be encouraged to experiment with their folding and colour combinations.