These gorgeous leggings come from artist and designer Shabd Simon-Alexander.
Tools and Materials
Leggings made from 100 percent natural fiber, such as cotton or silk
Jacquard Procion MX dye in a variety of colors
Dawn detergent (or other mild or organic detergent)
Tie-Dyed Leggings How-To
1. Add 1 cup soda ash to 1 gallon of hot water. Soak leggings in this mixture for at least a half-hour. Remove leggings and wring out excess liquid.
2. Scrunch and gather tights everywhere except crotch area. Hold gathered areas in place with rubber bands.
3. Prepare up to six different colored dyes for the gathered areas of the leggings. In each squeeze bottle, mix 2 teaspoons dye with 4 ounces water, then add 4 more ounces to fill.
4. Starting with the color you want to be least prominent, squeeze dye into folds of fabric. Let dye drip onto fabric as you cover different areas, creating a trail of color.
5. Add remaining five colors, one by one, in the same manner.
6. Mix three more colors of dye in similar tones (for example: yellow, light yellow, dark yellow) for the background. One by one, completely saturate the leggings with these colors.
7. Let cure for 24 hours. Rinse thoroughly with cold running water, removing rubber bands once the water runs somewhat clear.
8. Wash with a mild detergent in warm water, avoiding detergents with harsh chemicals, which will remove the dye. Line dry or dry in a warm dryer.
Jacquard Procion MX dye, soda ash, and squeeze bottles available at Blick Art Materials or other art-supply and crafts stores. Leggings available at American Apparel or other clothing stores.
To purchase tie-dyed leggings or other tie-dyed pieces, visit Shabd Simon-Alexander's online store at shop.shabdismyname.com.
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