On August 13th & 14th, 1999, we had a Tie-Dye workshop in our backyard. We've done this once before a couple of years before and lots of people wanted us to repeat it, so we did.

On Friday night we picked out our designs and tied them. Most of us stuck to fairly basic patterns, particularly the beginners. Using dental floss to wrap and tie, it only took a couple of hours for everyone to finish. then everyone went home to return the next day for dyeing.

Fortunately for us, the weather was sunny but not too warm with a slight breeze. The rinse tubs, soak tubs and canopy were all set up and ready to go so we started some pieces soaking while we mixed up our dyes.

soda-ash solution in buckets

Ramona, Bruce & Larry applying dye
L to R: Ramona, Bruce and Larry

Soda ash solution

The tie-dye method we used is commonly referred to as the "Soda-soak" or "Squirt Shirt" method; an easy method to obtain clean, bright, sharply-defined colors with Procion MX dyes.
There are detailed descriptions of the dyes, method and folding patterns in the following pages.

Dave, Kim, Karen & Bruce applying dye
L to R: Dave, Kim, Karen and Bruce

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