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What makes Tie Dyeing so much Fun?

Tie Dyeing pillow cases, it's so much fun

Where to begin!

There are so many parts of making Tie Dyes that are lots of fun.

The Fun begins with choosing your design

For many children, deciding on which pattern to dye is half the fun. Children soak up inspiration from so many different sources, seeing someone in a tie dye shirt, a pattern in a book, a colourful painting, bright flowers, a day at the beach or a trip to the bush. All this inspiration helps them decide on the design they want to tie dye, it’s in the patterns they tie and the colours they choose to dye.

When centres have washing machines to prewash their fabric in the children are even excited about the pre-wash process - it’s part of the anticipation of creating something themselves. Wouldn’t it be great if our children would get excited about doing washing at home too!

Over the years that I have been teaching Tie Dyeing, I’ve become fascinated by the different ways children and adults express themselves when tying their fabric. Those children who are methodical and precise enjoy the process of creating ridges and valleys in their fabric and try to get each one to be of equal height. They’ll probably choose more intricate patterns to tie up. In the chase for precision they may tie their pattern a few times until they are happy with the results. Where as our socialisers are keen to get those folds done so they can move on to playing with the colourful dyes.

And the next fun part is…

the dyeing!

Children tie dyeing t-shirts

For many first time tie dyers, putting the dye on their fabric is so much fun. They love seeing the way the colours soak into the fabric from the ridges to the valleys. They’re fascinated by the colours that result as the dyes blend together and they enjoy squeezing the dyeing into the valleys. It’s at this stage that our experimenters break loose and play. They try different colour combinations to create something unique and different, they dye one side and not the other to see what happens! They have so much fun trying something new in a safe way.

Why are we waiting!

Ok, not everything about Tie Dyeing is fun. There is the waiting… waiting for 24 hours to let the dyes soak in and bond with the fibre seems to take forever. For most people this is the least fun part of tie dyeing, however it is super important to do! Think of it as a great opportunity to practice patience :-)

Drum Roll…

the next fun part is…

unwrapping your Tie Dyes

If you are lucky enough to be present when people unwrap their tie dyes you’ll have heard the sounds of awe and amazement that is involuntarily released from open mouths as participants unwrap their tie dye for the first time. I love seeing the looks of amazement, those who have struggled to create art that is “acceptable” are particularly proud of their tie dyes. Everyone who unwraps their tie dye whether it’s their first or 100th tie dye is excited that they have created something so beautiful all by themselves.

Yes the washout is fun!

washing your tie dye

Washing out your Tie Dye can be another bit of fun as it gives you an opportunity to see your Tie Dye design close up, to see the intricate patterns and colour blends that were created while it was soaking up the dyes overnight. If you have a front loading washing machine children can be entertained for a whole wash cycle watching their tie dyes go around and around.

And the grand ultimate fun part of

tie dyeing is....

Wearing your Tie Dye and receiving so many positive comments from people when you tell them you made it yourself.

You can experience the fun of Tie Dyeing with your children these school holidays

Bright Crafts complete workshop kits are the fun and easy way for educators to do Tie Dyeing with your children.

Your Tie Dye workshop kit will come with all the dyes and supplies you need including:

  • Dyes pre-measured in squeeze bottles so you don’t have to spend time measuring dyes

  • The squeeze bottles have witches caps to make it easy to squeeze dye into the fabric folds

  • Pre-measured dye fixer and instructions are included

  • Children size gloves and plastic aprons are supplied for every child

  • Laminated photographic How to Tie and Dye & Tips and Tricks posters make it easy for children to follow along.

  • Every child receives a take home bags with printed wash out instructions for parents/care givers.

As an educator you’ll receive your educators pack which includes

  • Adult size gloves, dust mask and plastic apron

  • Educator Tie Dye instructions covering

  • how to prepare your space for Tie Dyeing

  • how to prepare the dyes

  • An item to demonstration tie dyeing on

  • how to clean up and reuse supplies.

  • MSDS’s

  • Detailed Risk Assessment

We can even included items for your children to dye. You can choose from

  • Sling Bags

  • Socks

  • Wall Art

  • Pencil Wraps

  • Aprons

  • Pillow Cases

  • Cushion Covers

  • T-shirts

To order your Tie Dye workshop kit contact Kimberlie at Bright Crafts

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