Tie Dye July - Found Objects

I have been practicing different dyeing techniques all month in search of the perfect method for dyeing a summer maxi skirt I created. I ended up using marbles and rubber bands to create a nifty, geometric pattern that kind of looked like bubbles.

After dyeing the skirt, I started thinking about what other objects could be used for dyeing in the same way. I decided to try a sample piece with a few objects that we have around the house - rocks, small plastic word tiles, poker chips, dominoes, jacks, and monkeys from a barrel of monkeys.

The results were not quite what I expected, but kind of interesting.


When I used marbles to dye my "Don't Lose Your Marbles" skirt, I put the marbles on the wrong side of the fabric, draped a small section of material over each one, secured the fabric with rubber bands and applied the dye. It yielded lovely circles.








I used the same process with my found objects and produced more random outlines where the rubber bands were secured. Then I flipped the fabric over to discover that the wrong side of the fabric actually had a more intricate design than the right side. Here's a close-up look at the wrong side patterns made by the different objects.



The monkeys didn't work great, but I thought all of the other objects were project-worthy. Some other objects that may be worth experimenting with - Scrabble tiles, Legos, shells, checkers, wine corks, buttons, bobbins, thread spools, small tiles... The possibilities are limitless.


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The Chilly Dog: Tie Dye July - Found Objects
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Using found household objects (rocks, poker chips, marbles, Legos, Scrabble tiles, dominoes, jacks, buttons, bobbins, shells, corks, checkers...) and rubber bands as resists to dye fabric
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