This tutorial will walk you through how to tie-dye using red dirt. It’s as simple as possible so you can do it without a stove.
You don’t have to tie your fabrics, but if you do this shibori folds post is where you can start with getting some beautiful patterns. You may also be interested in tie-dyeing with pine cones. Or maybe you want to peruse all of my dyeing posts!
I live in beautiful sunny St. George. Here in St. George, we are surrounded by red rocks. We live about 2 hours away from Lake Powel and an hour outside of Zion where some of the most beautiful red dirt can be found.
In elementary school, I grew up dyeing with red dirt and it never occurred to me to write a post about how to do it!
This would be such an awesome summer camp project. Maybe you’re heading to Lake Powell or camping in the mountains near some red dirt. I made sure this project didn’t require heat so you could do it anywhere.
How to Dye with Red Dirt
This tutorial will walk you through how to tie dye using red dirt. It's as minimal as possible so you can do it while you are camping with minimal supplies.
- Red Dirt
- Tea Towel or other natural fiber material
- Large pot or bucket
- Something to Stir
- Rubberbands (optional)
- Fill your bucket with the dirt.
- Add water.
- Stir the contents of the bucket to gether so it's mixed well.
- Fold your cloth if you'd like a tie dye pattern.
- Get your cloth wet and wring it out.
- Place your damp cloth in the water and let it sit as long as possible.
- Remove the fabric and rinse well.
- If you wash your fabric it will be a lighter salmon color but it is still beautiful!
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You can grab a bucket from any hardware store. Lowes and Walmart have them for around $3 each.
This was also tested using an alum bath with this which may help the color remain colorfast, but the color wasn’t affected. After I’ve washed them a few times I will see if alum made any sort of difference.