How to Tie Dye Stockings

Learn how to tie dye stockings in this Howcast video.


I'm going to show you how to dye a pair of stockings.

There's many ways you can do it and my favorite is just to apply colors randomly. I really like the watercolor effect that you can get out of this; I'm not a big fan of big patterns in tights so I'm going to keep these really subtle but also really vibrant with the colors.

So, I got my tights wet and, just as a side note, you want to make sure that your tights are made out of cotton or bamboo. If you're working with fiber reactive dyes, those are the dyes we are using today.

I wet my fiber and I'm going to soak it into the activator solution and let it stay in there for 5 to 10 minutes. After 5 minutes I'm going to wring them out, squeezing out the excess and place them on my working table.

So, as I said, I'm going for a pretty watercolor whole effect, so I'm going to scrunch them together like in a tiny ball, like pretty randomly. And I'm going to start applying the colors that I chose which are lilac, mulberry and aqua.

Starting with the lilac, I'm going to randomly start putting it in to, and you can build the color combinations as you go. All you want is in the end probably not to have white spaces but if you want the white spaces too, you can try to keep some of the spaces not dyed. I'm going to add my mulberry color.

Now, because I want all of these to be really combined and the transitions to be pretty subtle, I'm going to work my tights into the puddle forcing all of the colors to combine with each other and not having any white spaces. And you can see that like now what we have is a combination of all the colors that I chose previously and I think I'm liking some of the white spaces. Yeah, it kind of reminds me of the universe and constellations and I actually think that you'll look really cool once it's stretched so maybe I'm going to stop working it out. Let me take a look at other areas.

No, I think I'm happy with it but, this is a technique that you pretty much can stop once you're happy. Imagine that you didn't like this white area in here, you could go back, pour a little more dye, working into the fabric and make that whiter spot disappear more.

At any point you should lift the ties and take a look at them to see if you're happy with the final result. And when you are, you should lay them flat on a table, cover them with a plastic bag, let them cure for 4 to 24 hours and after that, rinse them, dry them and wear them.

And this is how you can tie dye stockings.

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