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10 easy to do TIE and DYE designs

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Looking at all those beautiful tie and dye designs in magazines and websites I used to think that tie & dye is one complicated thing that only an expert should attempt. The fact that I am writing this post is a testimony to the fact that anyone can do it. You just need some fabric dye, suitable fabric, some tying things like strings, rubber bands and a pair of disposable gloves. Then everything is in your hands. Your creativity and endeavor make all those designs on the fabric.

If you do not know how to tie and dye checkout this post first –  How to do TIE DYE – 6 Basic techniques to make tie and dye patterns on fabric.

Related posts : What is Tie and Dye : 8 different techniques from around the world; Different types of fabric dyes; How to dye fabric – an overview.

How to create 10 easy Tie and Dye designs and patterns 

1 Marbling 

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Scrunch the fabric and then twist and tie a thread around in a random fashion over the area where you want the pattern. You can gather the fabric up into random wrinkles by spreading your fingers out and crumpling it into a tube shape.

Now start tying it up with the thick binding thread. Do not tie too closely together – you need small areas where the dye will seep through to form the marbled uneven textured pattern.

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2 Thick Horizontal Stripe

To make a thick striped pattern, roll the fabric into a tube . 

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Tie very tightly and very densely with thick thread across this tube- the tying width should be equal to the width of the horizontal line you want. You can arrange the ties according to how you want the stripes to be.

Dye as usual. 

3 Small Diamond shapes /Circles

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Circular shapes as seen in Tie Dye is made by pinching specific areas in the fabric and then knotting with thread. When you take more fabric and tie, you get a bigger circle. The smaller the fabric pinched, smaller the circle. 

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Here, I am inserting small beads inside these knots – this will ensure that you get consistently same sized shapes. The shape also will depend on the amount of thread you tie around the pinched fabric. 

4 Several Circles

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To make this pattern you can pinch the fabric by the middle

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And then tie with thread at several intervals.

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5 Diagonal lines

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For this, you have to fold the fabric by the diagonal. You can also twist the fabric. 

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I have just scrunched the fabric by the diagonal.

Tie fabric at regular intervals starting from the middle. Now do your tie dyeing. The tied portions will appear as diagonal lines on your fabric.

6 Spiral shaped designs

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To make these types of designs, you can twist the fabric by the middle. You need to swirl the fabric around a center point

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Lay your fabric on the floor. Pinch the fabric by the middle (with your thumb and forefinger) and start to swirl it around.

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Twist and form the fabric into a round shape. You will get a flower shape.

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Tie with thread by the middle. When you tie, how much folds rise up will decide what kind of spiral you get.

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Put the fabric into the dye path from the back of this tied fabric. After the dye is set (after 15 minutes or so) squirt dye to the front of the folds. Do not soak full. Just on the top.

Dry. You get a spiral design.This will vary according to the way you swirl.

You can also swirl it so that the fabric is formed into a tube and then coil it. Then tie it into sections. Squirt dye on the roll you have – this method is good for making a swirl pattern with different colors

Another type of swirls can be made this way:

Pinch the fabric by the middle

Twist the fabric from the tip.

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Tie with strings at intervals. Dye. Result is this.

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7 Outline Checks

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For making a check design you need to fold the fabric into pleats.

Then fold them again.

Now you need to tie it by using the binding thread.

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Tie your thread vertically and horizontally.

Tie very tightly. You can dye now.

You can also get a checked effect by folding the fabric in accordion pleats and then tying across at several intervals – this also gives an almost similar chequered look.

8 Solid checks

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This check design is made by folding the fabric and dipping the fabric in dye.

Fold the fabric by the middle first. Then fold again by the middle.

Now fold the fabric as in the picture below.

Now turn the fold the fabric into triangular shapes as in the picture below.

Dip the two corners of your triangular shape.

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After it is dry, open up and you get these chequered shapes.

9 Streaks

To make this beautiful streak pattern, first tie your fabric around a tubular object like a plastic pipe.

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Now tie thread over this in a random fashion, overlapping, crisscrossing etc.

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Dye this – if the vessel is not big enough to accommodate the pipe, you can pour the dye over the fabric with a plastic spoon(place it on a plastic surface or on newspapers to avoid the mess).

10 Zig zag patterns

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To get this pattern,fold your fabric into accordion pleats by the diagonal direction.

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and then fold it into a small pack by folding horizontally as well.

Tie with string across by the middle.

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Dip your fabric pack into the dye bath on one end only. Dye for the stipulated time. You will get this pattern.

Related posts: Different types of fabric dyes; How to dye fabric – an overview.; How to do fabric painting.


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