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® ® ® ® Love It & Leaf It TIE-DYEING REIMAGINED The vivid hues and streaky leaves of coleus inspired Midwest Living’s Editor in Chief Kylee Krizmanic to reimagin e a favorite art: tie-dyeing. She shares how she took the popular quaranti ne 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 instr will explain the basic over the years, I’ve le a few tricks for produ vibrant color (and kee it where I want it). AVOID SYNTHETICS Stick to natural fabrics, such percent cotton, silk, wool, he Poly blends never come out a PROTECT EVERYTHING Cover surfaces and wear old an apron. Line the area wher with paper towels to catch d prevent dye from pooling und project. Wear gloves—and ri (while wearing)—as you wor tainting one dye with another WASH AND DON’T DRY Before dyeing, wash fabric wit gentle detergent to remove ch residue. Dampness determine travels through fibers: If you w to merge and transition organ the fabric quite wet (though n For more defined lines or patte fabric partially air-dry. PLAY WITH COLOR I like Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit economical and fuss-free, with colors. Unless you dig a Gratefu (or muddy) effect, limit projects two or three analogous colors, l coleus-inspired red, pink, and p They’ll happily merge to create variegated transitions. Rememb complementary hues—opposite color wheel, such as purple and will turn brown if they bleed tog patterns, I use narrow zip-ties, n bands. They go on more easily an LET IT STEEP COMING 10.17.21 Mix dried leaves and flowers with fresh specimens, like these long shoots of beautyberry, a backyard shrub. These linen napkins were an inexpensive find on Amazon—perfect for tie-dyeing. After dyeing, wrap each item in wrap to prevent different colors contacting one another and plac zip-top bag. The longer the rest stronger the colors; I always wa 48 hours. Put your gloves back o rinse each item separately unde water until the water runs clear dyes require a vinegar soak next Tulip One-Step, I find I can skip t Finally, heat-set with an iron, pr the board with butcher paper or grocery bag. (Or put items in a h if shrinking isn’t a concern.)

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