My birthday was last week, so my friends, knowing I’m crafty, threw me a tie-dye t-shirt party. Of course, I had to try it on one of my handbags!
I’ve been thinking about trying to dye a purse for a while. I don’t know much about dying. My research just left me somewhat overwhelmed with choices. So, this party was a perfect excuse to give it a go. I mean, if I failed, all I was out was a couple of skeins of yarn and a little bit of time.
There were 10 of us dying t-shirts. We sat on the back deck and scrunched up our t-shirts. We did the dying in the back yard so we didn’t make a huge mess in the house. After an hour of drinking, the event was like a free-for-all! Everyone was grabbing the dyes and squirting them on their t-shirts as fast as they could. We had about ten different colors of dye, but we were running out of the popular colors, so if you wanted a particular color, you had to grab it quickly before it was gone. As the birthday girl, they gave me about a five second head start, but that was about it. Chaos reigned – and it was fun!
My t-shirt turned out pretty well for my first time doing this. After everyone was finished, I grabbed whatever colors were left for my clutches. Since this was an experiment anyway, I felted one clutch and just knitted the other one without felting it. The clutch at the top was the one I felted before dying. Wool repels water somewhat, so it was a challenge to get the dye to sink in. Instead of creating a solid color, it left streaks (which I think looks cool!).
Unfortunately for the other clutch, I only had black dye left. A friend of mine dyed this one and smooshed the dye into the wool in an effort to saturate it. So, this one definitely looked different. However, this one was a complete fail! The black dye washed out and left a purply-greeny color that looks more like a bruise. I guess if I’m going to fail, I might as well fail big! This one ended up in the trash heap.
Anyway, it was a fun experience. Have any of you tried to dye your knitted items? Did you have a good outcome? If you did, please share your secrets of success!