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The husband wanted a new shirt. I agreed – his favourite Sea Shepherd shirts are definitely looking a bit tired.
But he didn’t want a rainbow tie-dye, he wanted something a little less attention-grabbing. Something a little more suitable for wearing out and about every day.
He decided on a black spider tie-dye over a beige t-shirt.
Watch us dye a spider pattern below!
To create a spider tie-dye pattern, you you fold the shirt in half then twist a spiral from the front and centre of the shirt. Band it up to keep the pleats even, then spray dye over each side. You can use squeeze bottles, but I find that a spray bottle gives me more control and more even results. Squirting can easily lead to too much black, especially if you’re new to tie-dyeing.
Although the spider tie-dye gives a great results on its own, you can also dye it over coloured patterns. Spider dyeing over a tie-dyed spiral is a common method – you can see a blue spiral with black spider dye over the top here. Simply add the colour as usual, then spray the darker colour over the top. It looks a bit scary to see the bright colours turn black, but they really don’t disappear!
You can also try other ways of folding – check it out over pink and purple stripes here.
He’s happy with the result – it’s a little bit different, but not enough to make him catch people’s eyes.
We use Procion dyes, but if you want something a little simpler Tulip tie-dye kits are a great option.
Thanks for watching! We’d love to hear if you decide to try it and DIY your own tie dyes. Tag @dyediyhq on Instagram or Facebook and we’ll check it out.