Featured Artist : Dierdre Dant | TieDyedMonkeys
I am Deirdre Dant, and I love to tie-dye. I learned to tie-dye over 20 years ago. My mom was my teacher and she still inspires me and teaches me new things. I am happily married and have two amazing children. I have furry helpers also (2 Schnoodle dogs and 2 cats). It is a whirlwind of fun, fur, and creativity here.
I would have to say that life, family and special requests are what inspire me. Sometimes an idea just floats fully-formed into my head, and other times I have to work at it. Two of my favorite t-shirt designs were born because I had a customer ask “would you make me a shirt?” The frog and owl shirts are because I said “I’ve never made one before, but I’d be happy to try.” I make another shirt that is based on the Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings. That one came about because I was watching the movie with my son, and when the eye came on the screen, I realized I could create it with tie-dye. I have a large extended family, and I usually make them tie-dyes for birthdays and holidays. I try to come up with something new every year. I also just like to try new things and experiment. If you use compatible colors, it is hard to make a mistake.
The Dharma products I use are:
Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes
This is the #1 best dye we recommend for tie-dye, batik, dye-painting or screening, etc. on cotton, rayon, bamboo, Tencel®, linen and other natural fibers. Also for solid color dyeing, batik, and many other techniques!
Everything you need to know about Tie-Dye: How it's done, getting started, ideas and projects, materials, examples, advanced information and more!
Soda Ash Fixer
Soda Ash (Pure Dense Sodium Carbonate) is required to 'fix' or 'make permanent' Dharma Fiber Reactive Dyes. Available in 1, 5, 10, and 25 lb. sizes at discount prices.
Used for tie-dye and direct application dyeing with Fiber Reactive Dyes to yield deeper, brighter colors, also as a dissolving agent, and a substitute for Silk Salt in silk painting.
Flat Sinew is a flat, waxed polyester thread that is waterproof, rot proof, resistant to stretch, and extremely strong. Use for tie-dye instead of rubber bands.
Sodium Alginate Thickener
The most economical thickener for Fiber Reactive Dyes and works as a thickener for other liquids as well, including all liquid Silk Dyes.
Bamboo Adult Socks
Wow, we scored a good one for you! Bamboo socks are durable, soft, and affordable.
Infant Baby Rib Cap (Infant Roll Up Cap #IURC)
Rabbit Skins Style 4451 - Keep those little baby heads warm with a super-soft cap.
Natural Cotton Bandanas - 12 pack
In our never ending quest to provide what you need, these are 100% unbleached cotton but not sewn with cotton thread.
Dyeable Cotton Lace Trim
100% cotton white dyeable lace. Gussy up those plain clothes and accessories, make your quilts fancier, whatever! Great for holiday projects and gifts too.
Dharma Professional Textile Detergent
Non-toxic, less expensive Synthrapol substitute! Used as both a prewash and as an afterwash....a "must have" for dyers!
Good Luck Banners
Here's a variety of our popular Good Luck Banner!
Cotton Sheeting Throw Pillow Covers
Bleached sheeting sewn with cotton thread, zipper closure, and takes standard size pillow inserts.
Light Rayon Scarves & Sarongs
Feathery soft, made of our popular Bali Rayon LIGHT, and sewn with cotton thread, these dye like a dream.