Tie dyeing with Beets and Cut Hibiscus Flowers

          Tie dyeing with Beets and Cut Hibiscus Flowers
     Some of our friends had tie dyed with turmeric before. My Aunt (even though she's not my true-blood aunt) was going to soon be dyeing with indigo! I so wanted to join in on the fun, and actually help and know what I was doing. So, I tried dyeing with turmeric. It was first time experience, so everything wasn't perfect, which is totally fine! They got sick, so we weren't able to dye with them with indigo. 😕  I was so determined to dye that I bought tea towels, cut/sifted hibiscus flowers and rubber bands.
     Today, May 7th, 2016, I decided to get the dyeing done! I used these towels:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XK69NRW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1    I used these rubber bands:    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000783OOO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1        And I used these cut hibiscus  flowers:   https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012BSDNW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
       I hope that that information helps you!  Anyway, here's what I did to get lovely, pink, gray to purple tea towels!
          For pink, hibiscus towels:
       1. Put material you're using into a stock pot with water and 1 cup vinegar or salt.
       2. Bring water to boil, turn down, and let the material sit for about 30 minutes.
       3. Fill stock pot with about 12 cups of water (it doesn't matter if it's hot or cold)
       4. Pour 3 cups of hibiscus flowers into the pot.
       5. Bring water and flowers to a simmer.
       6. Drain the cut flowers out of the now red 'flower water'. Don't forget to put a pot under your drainer!
       7. Put your red dye back onto the stove, and bring to a simmer.
       8. Take your material out of your stock pot, and squeeze all the water out.
       9. After squeezing the water out of your material, put the material into the stock pot with the simmering flower-water.
     10. Let your material soak in the dye for a few hours, not forgetting to stir frequently, keeping at a low simmer. You don't have to do it a few hours, you could just do it for one if you'd like. One hour will work great, but your dye won't be as dark as it could be if you did it for a few hours.
      11. Once your dye is done soaking, take it out, rinse thoroughly and toss in the dryer or let it flap in the wind on your clothesline.

       For purple to gray tea towels:
    Do the top instructions just the same, except in place of 3 cups of hibiscus flowers, use 3 cups beet juice and 2 cups hibiscus flowers. Also use 15 cups of water for the gray to purple tea towels.
      I hope that you enjoyed this post, please tell me what you thought by commenting below, and start dyeing!

     (Pictures below)
                                                   Don't forget to wear disposable gloves!
Tea towels folded different ways

                                   This is the one that Brave put rubber bands on BY HERSELF!
                                       Pouring the Beet juice into the stock pot.
                                    Pouring the water into the stock pot with the beet juice.

                                                  Bringing the dye to a simmer.
                                           Carefully putting in the tea towels into the dye.
                  This is optional, but you can use a spoon or ladle to push the towels into the dye.
                    The cut/sifted hibiscus flowers
                                Hibiscus flower dye
       The Hibiscus flower dye with the inserted tea towels
  Finished product drying in the warm sun

This is my absolute favorite one!
Here's what the cassette tapes I used look like after dyeing...
Dairy Queen loves writing, making films, crocheting, knitting, reading, sewing, swimming, art, crafts and photography. She loves insects; especially butterflies, damsel flies and the Hummingbird Bee (pictured). She loves taking pictures of EVERYTHING, including the above picture.

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