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Tie-Dye With a New Generation

Eighth graders in the art room.

Rubber bands and string. Buckets of color. Vinyl gloves.

Bought more shirts tonight to take to school to try again.

They’ve got the hang of it.  The practice.

I tell them – no design turns out exactly as planned.

Friday morning in the hallway a blur of t-shirts walked by.

I felt satisfied.

Did you ever tie-dye anything in your life?

16 responses

  1. Shuey

    . . . and the wheel turns, tie-die is back and look’in good! Way to go Ruth.


    May 16, 2012 at 12:15 am

  2. Ken Klucsor

    I like all three photos. They bring back some fond memories from the late 60s and early 70s. Also, my wife and I went to a Halloween party last November, and we were both dressed as hippies. We were both wearing tie-dyed T-shirts, and we both had long blond wigs. We looked particularly funny to the people who know us because I’ve been bald for decades, so I look bizarre with long blond hair. And my wife — who is Filipino — has never had BLOND hair!


    May 16, 2012 at 12:53 am

  3. It’s good to see the Classics still being taught in our schools.


    May 16, 2012 at 2:44 am

  4. brilliant, in more ways than one …. dyeing is real magic … transformation …. creation … great work ruth!


    May 16, 2012 at 3:22 am

  5. Looks like lots of fun and the shirts are beautiful.



    May 16, 2012 at 5:40 am

  6. I have never tie-dyed myself but I bought some of the most beautiful tie-dye in Grenada. They are sort of sarongs and the colors are magnificent!


    May 16, 2012 at 6:50 am

  7. Kristin

    Love it!


    May 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

  8. Sue Reinfeld

    They turned out great! I tied dyed once, in the afterschool program at Greenfield – remember?


    May 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

  9. andy

    I can only wear tie-dyes with vertical stripes these days.


    May 16, 2012 at 7:49 am

  10. Vincie

    The shirts look great!


    May 16, 2012 at 8:06 am

  11. Reblogged this on The Glass Mall and commented:
    Tie-Dye DIY


    May 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

  12. What fun! And yes I remember tie dies 🙂


    May 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  13. My kids did this at school and camp.. they loved it and so did I!! These photos make me want to try this again!


    May 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

  14. Oh yeah, this gives me a great idea…we’ll be teaching mixtures and solutions next year in 6th grade. I think I will have to do this with my students. Bravo!!


    May 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  15. Fun. I totally tie-dyed a shirt when I was a kid. Summer camp between 6th and 7th grades. I thought I was cool. 😉


    May 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

  16. I love tye-dying – except for the rubberband removal. Ouch.


    May 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

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