Join Date: Jul 2002
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Some twenty years ago, when I was big into tie-dying, I used water soluble textile ink (like for silk-screening) instead of dye. It worked great, all you had to do was water it down to desired shade and consistency, soak your fabric, rinse, let it air dry overnight, untie, then get it real hot in the dryer. No special rinses or anything. I still have some very old shirts I made way back, and they have barely faded even through who knows how many washes. Plus the colors were way brighter than if you used some ordinary fabric dye, and didn't run into the white areas. If you let each color dry a little before using the next one, the colors didn't run into each other either.