Craft is not just a piece of beauty possessed by the owner. Craft is a love affair where you fall madly deeply in love. For this to happen, you need to surrender to its magic. What better way than to create your own craft.
Our world today is dominated with artificial things. However, the beauty of craft lies in its natural self. So, let’s go back to making dyes the ancient way. When natural plants, fruits and vegetables were used for tie and dye. Follow the step by step instructions sketched by Craffi. Go ahead, write a new love story!!
2. Squeeze bottles
3. Rubber Bands
4. Rubber Gloves
7. Garbage Bags
1. Get your hands on your choice of dye material. Craffi recommends using natural fibres such as cotton.
2. Soak the fabric in water and then ring dry it. This effect ensures clothes react better to dyeing. In-case of new garments, always wash them first with a little detergent.
3. Make your dye!! Here’s your guide to natural dyes. For pinkish/red dyes, use beets and blueberries. Blackberries and red cabbage create purple dyes. Yellow onions give you a charming mustard yellow, coppery colour. A pale yellow dye is made with orange and lemon peels. To make dye, place chopped ingredients in a pot with twice as much water as ingredients. Boil the water and allow it to simmer for an hour. If the fabric calls for a deeper hue, leave the ingredients in the water (without heat) overnight. The last step is to remove all the hard material with a strainer and you are left with pure liquid dye.
4. Twist up the fabric and tie it with copious rubber bands.
5. Slip your fingers inside the gloves and the let magic begin. Simply, surrender to as many colours as your heart says. Use one tint or dye in sections to create stripes.
6. Spread the garment on a plastic protected surface. Spread the dye on the fabric, ensure it penetrates into folds. Repeat on the other side.
7. Allow fabric and dye to make love over night as they rest in plastic bag. This ensures the dye really sets into the fabric.
8. Remove your items from the plastic bag and rise them with cold water. Now, chop off the rubber bands.
1. When fuchsia and a little yellow come together red is born.
2. Orange is the baby of red and yellow.
3. Yellow and turquoise make green.
4. Blend a lot of turquoise with a little fuchsia to make blue.
5. Purple can be made using turquoise and fuchsia.