Learn 11 eco-friendly tie-dye techniques and create endless colourful, contemporary, sustainable clothes and accessories.
Join the trend and dip into the world of tie dye! Tie dye is something that most people can do, whatever their previous crafting experience and with little equipment needed. Inside, you’ll master both basic and more advanced tie-dye styles project by project, using just hand-made dyes or eco-reactive dyes – from favourites such as bullseye, shibori and kaleidoscope patterns to lesser-known must-haves like ice-dye and galaxy-effect designs. The beginning of the book includes a chapter on natural dyes and how to make them in your own kitchen, saving not just money but the environment too by avoiding the use of harsh chemicals. It will also discuss some eco-friendly alternatives for those who do not want to make their own dyes, as well as planet-friendly mordants that will ensure your dyed creations hold their colour. Illustrated steps and clear instructions accompany all 11 projects and tie-dye techniques, as well as an item in a different colourway made using the same technique to inspire your own unique colourways. Thrifted or upcycled garments and accessories are used to make all the projects, so you can see how once-loved or upcycled clothing easily turn into beautiful, vibrant pieces that you’ll love to wear.
About the Author
Abi Pattern, under her trade name ‘AbiDashery’, has been making a living from tie dye full time after finding herself unemployed and struggling to cope with anxiety and ME. Although she has no formal artistic qualifications and is totally self-taught, she been honing her tie-dye skills for the last nine years. After receiving glowing responses from her family and friends, in 2013 Abi took a leap of faith and opened an Etsy store. As her Etsy shop began to grow, she realized there was a market for upcycled and tie dyed clothing and so, in 2016, she launched her own website: www.abidashery.com. Since then her business has grown, and Abi’s work has appeared online, in magazines and in tie-dye kits. Over time Abi has focused on improving her business’ sustainability, and ensuring her designs are as eco-conscious as possible. Abi lives in Durham, UK, with her partner and three cats. www.abidashery.com | www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AbiDashery