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TIE-DYEING
REIMAGINED

Love It
& Leaf It

The vivid hues and streaky leaves of coleus inspired
Midwest Living’s
Editor in Chief Kylee Krizmanic to reimagine a favorite
art: tie-dyeing.
She shares how she took the popular quarantin
e craft to the next level,
bringing color to her fall table (with a few plant
tricks along the way).
photographs by AUSTIN DAY

DREAM TEAM

When I told my friend Joanne Roth, who owns Des
Moines-based Modern Monogramming, about my
plan to create tie-dyed
projects inspired by the electric hues of coleus, her
creative brain kicked in. She suggested embellishing
6x6-inch cocktail napkins
with embroidered words, using a simple chain stitch.
I love the cheerful, bespoke flair they add to the bar
cart on my screen porch.

DYED TRUE

Tie-dye package inst
will explain the basi
over the years, I’ve l
a few tricks for prod
vibrant color (and ke
it where I want it).
AVOID SYNTHETICS

Stick to natural fabrics, suc
percent cotton, silk, wool,
Poly blends never come out

PROTECT EVERYTHIN

Cover surfaces and wear ol
an apron. Line the area whe
with paper towels to catch
prevent dye from pooling u
project. Wear gloves—and
(while wearing)—as you wo
tainting one dye with anoth

WASH AND DON’T DR

Before dyeing, wash fabric w
gentle detergent to remove c
residue. Dampness determin
travels through fibers: If you
to merge and transition orga
the fabric quite wet (though
For more defined lines or pat
fabric partially air-dry.

PLAY WITH COLOR

I like Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye K
economical and fuss-free, wit
colors. Unless you dig a Grate
(or muddy) effect, limit projec
two or three analogous colors
coleus-inspired red, pink, and
They’ll happily merge to creat
variegated transitions. Remem
complementary hues—opposi
color wheel, such as purple an
will turn brown if they bleed t
patterns, I use narrow zip-ties
bands. They go on more easily

LET IT STEEP

COMING 10.17.21

After dyeing, wrap each item
wrap to prevent different colo
contacting one another and p
zip-top bag. The longer the re
stronger the colors; I always w
48 hours. Put your gloves back

These linen napkins were an inexpensive find on
Amazon—perfect
eing.

shrub.

rinse each item separately und
water until the water runs cle
dyes require a vinegar soak ne
Tulip One-Step, I find I can skip
Finally, heat-set with an iron,
the board with butcher paper
grocery bag. (Or put items in a
if shrinking isn’t a concern.)

Above: Fill a sturdy dish with
a mixture of water and corn
oil. Nestle in plant cuttings,
then add floating wicks
(widely available online).
Left: Rather than tossing
leftover dye, use it to stain

look for it
inside sunday best

ENJOY THE MOME

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