I work as a freelance designer for Rit Dye (you can see my projects here). While I love usingdye to create my own fabric designs, I have to admit that the set-up wasn't my favorite thing to do. Finally, I got myself organized, created a DIY Dye Kit and now set-up only takes minutes! Here's what's in my dye kit:
- Plastic storage bin. I use the bin to store all my supplies. When I dye large items, I empty it and use it for a dye bath too!
- Rubber gloves
- Spray bottle and other applicators to create unique effects with my dye.
- A selection of my favorite Rit Dyes.
- Rit's Dye Fixative. This stuff really helps set the dye.
- Dark towel. I use this to transport my dyed items from the dye bath to the washing machine. I just wrap all the rinsed stuff up in it and carry it to my laundry room without worrying about drips or messes. I toss the towel in with my dyed items and then replace it in my kit, clean and ready use next time I work on a project.
- Plastic tablecloth with soft fabric backing. I use this to protect my tabletops and counters when I'm dyeing. I put the plastic side DOWN on the work surface and put all my supplies and work on the soft side. The soft fabric side absorbs any dye drips and over spray. If it's a big drip (or spill, ahem), I know that my surface is still protected because of the barrier the plastic side of my tablecloth provides.
That's it. Everything goes in and out of this bin (or portable dye studio) and the bin is stored on a shelf in my garage. Even if a bottle were to spill while it was stored, the plastic bin would keep the mess under control. I also love how portable the kit is so it's easy to take into the kitchen, my backyard, a friend's house, or to teach a class.