[Surfnetkids: 25 July 2007] How to Tie-Dye

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1. Introduction
2. Sponsor’s Spot: Don’t Pay Full Price for Ink
3. Weekly Topic: How to Tie-Dye
4. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
5. Note from a Reader
6. Related Games
7. Related Video
8. Quote of the Week
9. Classified Ads
10. Subscription Management

#1. July 25, 2007

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Barbara,

Merriam-Webster is adding the word “ginormous” (now officially defined as “extremely large: humongous”) to the 2007 edition of their dictionary. And to celebrate,
I am using it in next week’s column on Photo Sharing.

“Gimungous,” however , is still relegated to their Open Dictionary, where users submit and share their own entries.

For more on this, including links to the dictionary entries, visit my blog at:

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

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#3. How to Tie-Dye

by Barbara J. Feldman

How to Tie-Dye Printable (** for premium members only)

Tie-dye is a technique for dying fabric using folds and rubber bands to create patterns by hiding some of the fabric from the dye. The tied fabric can either be dipped into liquid dye, or the dye can be applied directly with squirt bottles or syringes. Being a child of the sixties, it’s great fun to see my teenagers interested in making and wearing tie dyes. I hope today’s picks inspire you to try your own hand at tie-dye artistry.

Dharma Trading: Tie-Dye Information
Dharma Trading sells textile craft supplies, and offers several pages of instruction on how to use reactive fiber dyes (not the kind of dye you can buy at the grocery store) and direct paint application to make tie dye masterpieces with vibrant colors that won’t wash out. Best clicks are Simple Instructions, Group Instructions and Dye Chemistry (the science of dyeing.) “With experience, the end result can be predicted and controlled to some extent, but surprise is part of what makes tie-dye an exciting and interesting art form – and there will be plenty of surprises.”

Expert Village: Tie-Dye Videos
This set of fifteen videos from tie-die artist Alvaro Fernandez may be just what you need to get started. The short videos demonstrate dip dyeing, a variety of folding techniques, and tips for better results, such as ironing your tie dye after its initial rinse for longer lasting colors. He does not recommend any specific dye, and reminds us to follow the manufacture’s mixing instructions.

Paula Burch’s All About Hand Dyeing
Paula Burch’s All About Hand Dyeing is my tie-dye pick of the day. Hers is the go-to site for technical information about dyes, instructions on using fiber reactive dye, how to do low water immersion dyeing, and how to dip dye. Best clicks include her photo gallery and the chemistry of dyeing. But wait, there’s more! If you have preschoolers who can not be trusted not to eat their art, her instructions on how to tie-dye with sugarless Kool-Aid are a must visit.

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#5. Note from a Reader

“Thank you for providing this valuable resource to teachers and others.”
Joann Duer

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#6. Related Games

Tie-Dye Scrambler

Tie-Dye Slider

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#7. Related Video

How to Tie-Dye

How to Tie-Dye

#8.Quote of the Week

“Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967) American poet

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