Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Whatís the deal with tie-dye? Donít you know
the sixties are over?
A: Tie-dye is actually one of the oldest forms of fabric decoration, dating
back centuries if not millennia. It is a "resist" method of dying
where parts of the fabric are tied off in order to apply color in particular
patterns and designs. It can be widely seen in many parts of the world including
Japan (where itís called "Shibori"
), India, and many parts of
Q: What happens when I wash it?
A: It gets clean! Seriously, when you buy an article of clothing from me, itís
already been thoroughly washed in 6 complete wash cycles with special
dye-suspending soap and in hot water. Itís also been through the dryer. It wonít
shrink, fade, or bleed. Use common sense, of courseódonít bleach it
(obviously) and do wash it with other bright colors.
Q: I did tie-dye as a kid and it all washed out. Why
A: The dye I use, Pro-MX (Procion) is a professional-grade fiber-reactive
dye. This means that when properly activated in an alkaline solution and allowed
to set for long enough, it permanently bonds to natural fibers such as cotton,
rayon, or silk.
Q: I bought a tie-dye kit and mine didnít come out
like yours. Why?
A: Itís the same dye, but it takes a bit of practice to learn the designs,
tweak the chemistry to your household water hardness, and learn how long it
needs to set. I do encourage you to keep practicing!
Q: Do you teach classes?
A: If you live close enough and time allows, sometimes. Not often these days,
though, Iím afraid, as Iím quite busy filling orders, preparing for craft
fairs, and parenting my 4 1/2 year-old and 1 1/2 year-old.
Q: Iím a teacher and I want to tie-dye with my
class. Any suggestions?
Q: How can I buy tie-dyes from you?
A: There are many ways to buy tie-dyes from us. You can
buy them from this Web Site
or you can find them for sale on Ebay
or you can visit us at a Craft
near you, or you can send us an order via US
, or you can give us a phone
, or drop us an Email
Q: I bought the wrong size/pattern. Can I exchange
A: Of course!
Q: Is it safe to buy through this website?
A: All credit card transactions through this web site are
certified to be safe, secure, and in compliance to federal credit card security standards. No credit card information is ever stored on our servers.
If you have any questions, or would prefer to not to use a credit card for payment, please contact us by
, or Email
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