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Re: [teacherartexchange] I need suggestions for fabric dye and tie-dye


From: MWhite (mwhite139_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 18 2007 - 06:45:38 PST

Good lord...they don't expect much, do they? I hope they gave you
plenty of lead time to prepare. Why does it have to be done in one
day?! Is it actually done ON field day?

I'm thinking Dylon cold-water dyes would be safe since no hot water is
necessary, unlike Rit. Just mix the powders yourself, and wear a dust
mask. Limit color choices to just a very few. The school is supplying
the shirts? Make sure they're 100% cotton, and wash them--at school
expense--to remove the sizing. Your health office or custodians might
have a machine you can use. If not, the MS or HS most likely has a

Do you think they really have to be tie-dyed, since you can't use rubber
bands? Literally tying and untying string would take forever. Maybe
tie, with string, one big circle in the middle of the front and dye
that, then add more colors by painting the dye on? These are just ideas
off the top of my head...I'm sure you'll get more, and probably better,

I would discreetly ask just how long this "tradition" has been going on,
and if it's truly been done every year. But then, I was always pretty

Maggie wrote:

>I've been told that in order to prepare for field day at my school, it is
>tradition for the art classes to tie-dye T-shirts for the kids to wear.
>All the dye is supposed to be ordered by me - the only problem is I know
>very little about it. Does anyone have recommendations of child-safe
>dyes? I'd like them to be of decent quality, but I think the deciding
>factor is going to be cost, since I have to have enough for 600 shirts.
>Where can I buy in bulk?
>Also, does anyone have any tie-dye tips? I know I'm not allowed to use
>rubber bands with them, so I'm kind of at a loss for how to do this.
>Ugh...the idea of tie-dying 600 shirts in one day is making me break out
>in cold sweat.
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