I’m intrigued by dyeing fabric. I quilt, and I was told once by a prominent quilter that once I started dyeing my own fabrics, I would be hooked and never go back. Sometimes, though, you need to dye fabric for a more practical reason- to hide a stain or restore color to denim. For all of these reasons I was intrigued by the Indigo Tie Dye kit by Jacquard Products.
This kit brings the ancient art of indigo dyeing to the home dyer in a user-friendly formulation. Indigo dye, which comes from a plant, is one of the oldest dyes used for coloring fabrics and the one still used today to color blue jeans. This natural dye process has long been used in many cultures around the world. The unique characteristics of indigo dyeing make it easy to create wonderful resist patterns on fabric. With a resurgence of interest in indigo and ethnic patterning in the fashion world, this kit is sure to be a winner! For ages 8+. Dyes up to 15 yards/5 lbs. of fabric or 15 T-shirts. Dye bath lasts for several weeks.
I cracked open the kit, and this is what you see:
Since I don’t have a 5 gallon bucket, I used a plastic storage container I had on hand. There really isn’t any special measuring or mixing, just add all of the ingredients into the container with warm water.
Now…. here’s a little video about how the dye looked.
I needed to wait for a “bloom.” Since I’m a novice dyer, I had no idea what that meant. As I watched the dye vat, though, this thick, bubbly- almost yeasty- floated film rose to the surface. You need to skim that off to get the “cleanest” dye job.
What is super-cool is that the dye itself looks chartreuse- it comes out of the dye bath greenish-yellow, and as the dye is exposed to the air, it starts to turn a lovely indigo blue. Here is a quick picture I snapped of a piece I took right out of the vat- in the background, you can see some pieces that had been oxidizing for a while.
Want to see some other examples?
But wait- there’s more! You can also dye wood and paper, too. Here’s a Longaberger basket I dip-dyed.
I’m also more than a little hooked. I couldn’t resist re-dying my old jean jacket. (I’ve had it since high school and it was WAY faded.)
The bath is good for several weeks- so I’m going to keep playing and see what else I can dye.
Now… I have to admit, there are a few “cons”- it is rather messy (yes, you will need those rubber gloves as well as several rags to mop up spills.) My daughter also mentioned that it was “stinky.” (Yes, there is an odor, and I suggest you run a fan or work outside if you can.) However, the kit retails for under $15 USD, and for all of the shirts, curtains, pillowcases, etc, etc, that you can dye, it’s quite a bargain. I also love that you can use and re-use it for several weeks- you don’t have to do your entire dying job in just one batch.
SO… I’m kinda hooked. What would YOU dye?
Disclosure: sample provided for review.
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