Looking for a fun event idea this summer? Consider throwing a tie-dye party!
This is great warm-weather fun! Perfect for VBS, birthdays, block parties, anytime.
My three kids have been dying to try tie-dye.
This book offers lots of different techniques that are easy enough for the kids to do on their own!
Why Totally Awesome Tie-Dye book is great:
- There are easy tutorials.
- There’s a list of all the items you could possibly need to make fun tie-dye creations.
- We like the charts of basic methods to help with decisions.
- The trouble-shooting guide is important to correct mistakes.
- If you want to have a big tie-dye party, there’s a handy guide for that!
We had a little family tie-dye party.
I bought a big tie-dye kit with oodles of colors and plastic gloves.
We used disposable baking pans and did the tie-dye in the driveway to minimize mess.
We pre-washed the shirts so they were damp and then the kids got to work.
My son chose two-tone crumple.
We let the shirts sit overnight with plastic wrap so they would soak in all the dye. Then we washed them.
His favorite colors!
One daughter chose swirls with black spikes.
It turned out perfect!
Another daughter chose to spray dye.
It looks well-saturated.
She wants to redo it a bit with more dye. She was actually cautious for once!
We really love all the fun ideas in Totally Awesome Tie-Dye. There’s a Japanese technique, yarn dying, and lots of other fun projects we plan to try!
About the Author:
Suzanne McNeill is the author of more than 200 craft & hobby books, including Joy of Zentangle®, The Beauty of Zentangle®, the 11-volume Zentangle® series, and Zen Mandalas. Suzanne founded the leading publisher of Zentangle® books, Design Originals (an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing). She was voted Designer of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Craft & Hobby Association. Suzanne has been called “the trendsetter” of the arts and crafts industry.
Tie-dying is a wonderful way to create dramatic fashion statements without using too many materials or spending a lot of time. “No group is too large for tie-dying,” says author and expert crafter Suzanne McNeill. “It’s a great activity for family reunions, scouting events, parties, and fundraisers.”
Nicknamed “The Trendsetter of the arts and crafts industry,” McNeill is the author of the new book Totally Awesome Tie-Dye: Fun-to-Make Fabric Dyeing Projects for All Ages (Design Originals, May 2018). Filled with stylish projects, McNeill shows step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish ice dyeing, crumple dyeing, resist dyeing, and Shibori—shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. Everything you can imagine about the art of tie-dying is covered in Totally Awesome Tie-Dye, even tips for tie-dying with children.
McNeill also shares how to tie-dye several items of clothing in her tie-dye manifesto, including fashion designs for t-shirts, dresses, socks, caps, scarves, and even embellishments for home décor. The goal of McNeill’s book is to make this entertaining craft fun for all ages. “The joy of creating art is for everybody,” she says. “I hope to inspire people to discover their own creativity.”