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Tie Dye

Tie Dye

With Laura Miller - Sn 1/Ep 5With Laura Miller - Sn 1/Ep 5

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Ever wish you could wear your favorite foods? In this episode Laura learns which veggies and spices make the best dyes and then the sky's the limit.

Tie Dye

Ingredients

  • Red cabbage

  • Red onion

  • Turmeric

  • White vinegar

  • Salt

  • Water

  • Large stockpot

  • Rubber bands

  • White t-shirts, bandanas or other fabric you want to make more fun

  • Clothesline

  • Clothespins

  • Tongs

  • Strainer

  • Large containers for dyes

Instructions

  1. Fold clothing and place rubber bands around cloth to create fun designs (you really can't go wrong here)

  2. In a large stock pot, fill at least halfway with water, add 2 tablespoons of salt and 1/2 cup of vinegar and bring to a boil.

  3. Lower to a simmer and immerse all of the clothing you wish to dye. Simmer for 1 hour.

  4. In another stockpot bring 10-12 cups of water to a boil and add 6-8 tablespoons of turmeric. Stir and set aside.

  5. Chop cabbage and boil in 10-12 cups of water for 30 minutes

  6. Peel onions and add the dry skin only to 10-12 cups of water, boil for 30 minutes.

  7. Strain each dye into a separate container. Discard vegetables.

  8. Immerse clothing completely into the containers and leave for at least 1 hour.

  9. Remove clothing from containers after you're satisfied with the colors. Rinse in cold water. Cut off rubber bands with scissors and hang to dry on clothesline.

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- Hello, it's Laura and this is my artist and food stylist friend, Sophia. - Hello. - And you're probably wondering what we're doing with all of these vegetables. Are we making a borscht? Nope. We're dyeing some stuff. We're dying to show you what we're doing. We're dyeing stuff. - Awesome. - Nailed it. So, I've tried dyeing with vegetables before and I've had very little success, except for with turmeric. This is how I made this tablecloth right here. - Which is beautiful. - Thank you, but that's really the only one I got to work so give me your secrets. - Well this turmeric here, as we see, is awesome. Brightens everything, super bright yellow. - Yeah, really vibrant yellow. - Yes, and the longer you keep it in the turmeric the, you know, canary yellow. - Yeah yeah, I love it. - So we're gonna use cabbage also and cabbage is bright purple. - And you can see when you cut into it on a cutting board. - Yes, it'll stain usually everything that you touch it with. - Yes. - So these onion skins are going to be boiled down. - Okay - And you want just the outer layers and the skin and it turns it into a magenta pink but it dyes it a different color. - Okay, so we moved positions because it was getting really hot and we were sweating. - Yep. - Now let's continue. - Yes, so we're gonna do t-shirts and bandannas. - Oh cool. I just happen to have some right here. - Perfect. And we have a lot of rubber bands right here. - Oooh what are those for? - Depending on the design you want, we're gonna wrap 'em up. Kinda like you would old school tie-dye. - Yeah yeah like when you're a kid. - So you have the T-shirt and you wanna kinda grab the center where you want your spiral to be. - Okay. - Depending on the size of your circle. - [Laura] You go many times around. - [Sophia] Yes. - [Laura] You make it tight. - [Sophia] Make it tight. And the idea is that when you dip 'em into the dye, what's tied stays white. - As far as how far apart you're making them, that's just your design strategy. - Yeah, there's really no method to it. - [Laura] What's design number two? - Design number two are lines. So you fold it like that. - [Laura] Okay, and then one over the other kind of. - [Sophia] One over the other so it looks like that. - [Laura] Cool, I like this already. - [Sophia] And then you kinda just fold. - [Laura] Oh so they're gonna be vertical stripes. - [Sophia] Yeah. Or you could do less folds and do more rubber bands. - [Laura] Right. - The third is the Tootsie Roll. -Let me see the Tootsie roll. - [Sophia] Roll it up like a Tootsie Roll. - [Laura] Okay. - [Sophia] Basically that's- - [Laura] So from one side to the other. - [Sophia] Yeah, and you could go the other way too. You could do vertical There must be like a thousand different ways you could do this, I would imagine. Now we have to treat the fabric. - What does that mean? - It means we have to make a white vinegar, salt water, boiling solution. We want the dye to penetrate the fabric. - [Laura] It's like the fixative that helps it stick. - [Sophia] Science stuff. - [Laura] Science. So now we're gonna make our dyes. - Yes. - How's it done Sophia? - So the first one we're gonna make is our turmeric, our yellow. It's about 10 cups of water, so you want like four heaping tablespoons. And then you whisk. The brighter the better. And you just wanna let it steep in the hot water. - [Laura] Yeah you can already see how good of a color that's gonna be. - Right. - [Laura] What's next? - [Sophia] Red cabbage. So you wanna break this cabbage down as best as you can. So here's this half. - [Laura] Okay. - [Sophia] So we wanna take the core out. - [Laura] Right cause the core is white, that won't give it any color. - [Sophia] And we are dropping that all in the boiling water. See already the color turns- - [Laura] Oooh I love it. - [Sophia] Like a purple blue. It's really cool. And cover it and just let it do it's thing. Next our onion. So we take our onion and we wanna cut the butts off. Keep those. - [Laura] And then you're cutting it in half. - [Sophia] Right in half. - [Laura] Okay. - You wanna keep the skin and the outer layers and we can just throw 'em right in the pot as they come out. Who knew? - [Laura] I love when you can see the water turn right away. - [Sophia] Perfect. So that's ready and that, we're gonna let boil for about 30 minutes or so. - Oh okay. - Okay so, our veggies are all cooked up and now we're gonna strain each one into our little vessels so that we'll have just the dye in there. - [Sophia] So this is our turmeric. - [Laura] It looks orange but it's actually gonna dye yellow. - [Sophia] Yeah. - Next we are doing... - [Sophia] Cabbage. - [Laura] Cabbage. - [Sophia] Isn't that awesome. - [Laura] Incredible. - It's like an indigo purple. Last one, the onions. - [Laura] I love this, it's more of like a maroon. - [Sophia] Right, it's like a wine. - [Laura] Yes. Perfect, keep it coming. - [Sophia] Perfect. - [Laura] Let's dye some Ts. - [Sophia] Alright. - [Laura] These guys have been boiling in the solution for about an hour and now we're gonna put them in our dyes with our tongs. - Stick it in. And there's one. - So how long are we gonna keep these in here? - I would say with the yellow, don't go more than 30 minutes. - Okay - Cause it's gonna be really, really bright. - I love that. - And then these could go for quite some time. Awesome. - It already looks so awesome. - Doesn't that look so cool. - I love it. - It's super bright. - [Laura] Alright this is our first red onion one. - Has to go there. - I wanna dye everything I own. - [Sophia] And then this long thing. - [Laura] Let's see, what can we fit it in? Let's do half in there and half in there. - What if we did a triple? Could that work? It might. - [Laura] Maybe. Yeah, yeah yeah yeah. - [Sophia] This might look really silly. - [Laura] No it's great. Alright so now we're gonna let these all sit for 30 minutes. - [Sophia] Yeah. - And we're back. Check this out. Three colors - Tri. - [Laura] And now we're just gonna quickly rinse. - [Sophia] And you want the water to run clear, which it is. - [Laura] Okay, this one's done. And now for the rest of 'em, we can really pile all the yellows, rinse them all together. Yellow is done. - Yellow check, now. - [Laura] Cabbage. - [Sophia] Cabbage. - [Laura] It's a pastel. - [Sophia] Fuchsia. - [Laura] Oooh I love these. - [Sophia] Alright. - [Laura] Okay. These look fantastic. I'm super pumped, what's next? - What's next? Are you excited? You ready? - I'm so ready. - We get to hang them up. - For the big reveal. Alright, the big reveal. - [Sophia] Are you ready? Let's go with this bright color one first. - Get ready y'all. I love it. - [Sophia] It's amazing. Trifecta one. - This is the one we dipped in all three. - [Sophia] Oh, that's groovy. Here's a red onion. - These are way better than I anticipated. Not that I didn't think you knew what you were doing. - Circles. - Cool. I think these look amazing. - [Sophia] They look wonderful. They look fantastic. - [Laura] Good work Sophia. - [Sophia] Oh thanks, it was, you know, team effort. - [Laura] And thank you guys for watching, so we didn't have to dye alone.

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