Tie Dye July - Four Intermediate Folding Techniques

I have been on a quest to learn how to create different designs when dying fabrics. I was a little disappointed when I searched the internet to learn more about folding techniques. I guess I was looking for the impossible. I wanted to be able to compare different techniques all in one place.

Since I couldn't find what I wanted, I decided to do a little experimentation to satisfy my curiosity about dyeing fabric. Hopefully I can also provide a decent resource for others who are interested in learning more about dyeing fabric.

These four examples are intermediate techniques. If you are looking for something simpler, try my posts:
Four Easy Folding Techniques
Four More Easy Folding Techniques

I used RIT fabric dye to create all of my examples. I applied my purple, gray and black dyes to fabric squares with plastic water bottles after folding, then wetting the fabric thoroughly in warm water. The dye set for about 30 minutes. Then, I rinsed the samples and then dried them to reveal the following designs.

Folded Squares

This technique  would probably only work if you are dyeing fabric squares. Begin by folding the four corners of the square to the center. Repeat the process of folding the corners to the center as many times as possible. Secure the fabric. I used paper clips. Apply a different color to each triangle.













Accordion Triangles

 Start by folding your fabric like an accordion. Fold up one corner to create a triangle. Continue folding back and forth to make more triangles down the length of your fabric. Secure the fabric. I used binder clips. You could achieve a similar look by pressing the triangle of fabric between two wood blocks. Apply one color of dye to the fabric.













Accordion "X" Fold

If you want "X" to mark the spot, fold your fabric into quarters. Draw a diagonal line from the center with a fabric pen. Accordion fold along the line. Use rubber bands to secure the fabric on either side of the center, then evenly along the rest of the fabric. Apply different colors to each section, symmetrically.













Star Fold

The star will be most defined if you use a thin, lightweight fabric, like silk. Fold your fabric in quarters, then diagonally twice so that it is in 16ths. Draw diagonal lines from one side to the other. How steep you make the lines will determine how pointy your star is. Accordion fold along the lines and bind along the length of the fabric with rubber bands. Apply a different color to each section between the rubber bands.











Coming up next, I'll share four Shibori techniques for dying. It's a Japanese technique that is easier than it sounds and provides some interesting and beautiful results.


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