Marbled Tea Towels

February 1 2019

There is something therapeutic about the marbling technique. Dropping drips of dye onto the shaving cream, swirling it around and applying your fabric… we can’t get enough. We love creating new projects using the marbling technique and are thrilled with how these tea towels turned out. You can add multiple colors or stick with one.

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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
  2. Prewash tea towels, rinse and leave damp.
  3. If you are dyeing something that is double-sided (i.e. a t-shirt or pillowcase) and want to prevent the dye from bleeding through to the back, place a piece of cardboard in between the front and back.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, mix four tablespoons of Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye with one cup of very hot water. Pour solution in a small squeeze bottle. Repeat with complementary colors.
  5. Fill a baking tray with shaving cream.
  6. Smooth by hand or with a spatula.
  7. Drip dye colors all over.
  8. Swirl the drops with a stick.
  9. Place tea towel/fabric gently on the pan.
  10. Apply light pressure to smooth.
  11. Let the tea towel sit on the pan for one to two minutes.
  12. Slowly lift the fabric from the pan.
  13. Scrape off excess foam.
  14. We strongly recommend transferring the dyed fabric to a container with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into the white areas. Follow these instructions.
  15. Rinse tea towels in cool water until water runs clear.
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