You will need the following things to re-create this texture.

Dye (Remember that dyes and fabrics both have very unique qualities and not all dyes will work on different fabrics. RIT dye works on most cottons, and is what I chose to use.)

Fabric (For this demonstration I am using a piece of muslin. You can use fabric and then later make it into something to wear, or, because I promise it looks THAT cool, just keep the dyed fabric as a wall hanging or as a canvas to make a painting on later.)

A roll or two of Rubber/Grip Drawer Liner Mat

A stick to stir the dye bath.

(A tray to carry fabric from bath to sink/tub to rinse. Not necessary but definitely controls dripping.)

You should also cover up your pretty clothes with an apron or coat and wear rubber gloves.

Prepare your dye as instructed on your package.

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    Aug 24, 2013, 08.53 PMby LuluSpinWeave

    If you are creating your own garments, it really is worth it to use proper dyes. Animal fibers (wool, mohair, alpaca, etc) take acid dyes. The acid need not be stronger than household vinegar. Cellulose fibers from plants (Cotton, linen, bamboo, etc) take fiber reactive dyes and need to be prepared with a mild caustic solution of soda ash, which is available wherever dyes are sold. Silk can take either dye, but I prefer acid dyes. The soda ash can change the hand of the fabric.

    Dyes are available in art stores and online. When I can’t get something locally, I go to DharmaTrading online.

    It makes such a difference to use proper dyes! Rit is a union dye which means it has all the chemicals needed to dye everything- badly. It also means you have to wash out the dye particles not absorbed in your fabric. I used Rit for a family tie-dye event and will never ever go back.

    Remember to keep covered when you are cleaning up! I have had a few times where I got hot and forgot. Green fingers just aren’t fun.

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