12/19/10

Wake Up!

8/27/10

Fashionable Solutions for Special Needs

Susan Kleiman, Owner of Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel Inc. is a wonderful NY lady who has created a fashionable, fun & easy to put on clothing line for kids & teens with disabilities. Her first line is Cool Socks for kids that wear braces or orthotics on their legs.
We had the honor of tie dying some of them. It was an exciting experience needless to say. At first news of our new custom tie dying journey we were overwhelmed with having 720 pairs of socks to do. That's 720 x 2 socks total mind you. haha but once everything was ready to be shipped to dye it was split up in portions. Phew! So here is where our journey begins...
Package has arrived from RDAA and we cant wait to Open it and check out the fiber that needs to be dyed. Its like meeting someone for the first time. Getting to know your work surface is the best way to start new projects :)

First we wash the whites in hot water to prep the fibers for their cold dye bath. They Love it! Its like a fiber Spa Trip ! Then we spent many long hours tying up each sock to the desired pattern Susan had chosen. We had stripes & crunkle designs to whip up. When you tie designs you can use rubber bands or twine. We have both and use both but it depends on what design your making. I like to use rubber bands with simple designs and twine with small, complex designs. You just need to play around and see what works best for you some times. 
The tricky part was that she had her company logo sewn on the bottom of each sock in light blue cotton thread, and she didn't want dye covering it up of course. We had to fold and dye each sock as careful as we could. Phew! is all I have to say. It was a challenge at times but we learned a few tips and lessons on the way so it was all worth it! Once every sock was tied and soaked in dye fixer we began our colorful journey. We had three different styles to do:
  • Purple Haze (Purple & Hot pink)
  • Woodstock Magic (Red,  Yellow & Bright Green)
  • Hippie Blue (Baby Blue & Brilliant Blue)


The Four20moon Shop Creations 
uses Fiber Reactive dyes for all our dying needs.

used for: 
Tie-Dye, Tub Dyeing, Low Immersion Dyeing, Batik, Dye Painting, Silk Painting, Screen & Block Printing or Stenciling, even Tie-dyeing Silk in a Microwave
Used on:
All natural Fibers (Cotton, Rayon, Hemp, Silk, etc.), Wood, Cane, and Rattan.

We love how bright the dyes come out. 
Super Groovy!


Interested in us dying your next custom order
Drop us an E-Mail and we will make it happen!
Good Vibes & Bright Dyes

7/7/10

Cotton Candy Fun!

Got a RUSH order 5 days before the 4th of July from a groovy family in NY. The 9 year old son was starting a cotton candy stand...and his first job was on the 4th! The Four20moon Etsy shop had a small girls cotton candy style t-shirt for sale that caught the sweet families eyes, and they had to have 4 custom T's made and shipped ASAP. We love custom orders, and were eager to get started to make sure there 4th of July was a hit!

We start by pre-washing the fabric to get any crud off it that could muck up the whole project.
A clean tie-dye canvas is a happy one :)
Then we tie up the fabric to the desired pattern. In this case it was all spiral designed T-shirts. Let your fabric soak in soda ash fixer for 20 mins or so, it depends. I have gaped out and left projects for hours...then some times I only have time to let it soak for 5-10 mins...either way it needs to soak, no quick dip will work properly. The fixer holds the color to the fabric so its a very important step in the process.

When it has soaked in all the fixer goodness u squeeze out excess fixer from each project, which can be reused to soak other far out creations! Now its time to dye.
We used Baby Pink, Baby Blue & New Black for our cotton candy Ts which I think looks very yummy! I like to make sure my dying area is tidy...a dirty area could cause huge issues and very messy unprofessional looking goods. A few drops of the wrong color could mess up your whole creation instantly. Believe us, we know from experience...lol
Good times, bad times its all groovy really!
You never know what your gonna get, most of the time things look awesome no matter what, but when you have custom orders you need to be careful to not alter the vision of what the customer wants. This can be tricky at times but its also a challenge we love to experience. Gets our blood pumping in a good way.

Once the project is dyed let it sit in a container with a lid on it overnight. Usually 12-24 hours produces the most vibrant colors. Heat makes the colors bond with the fabric so be sure to have it in a warm area. If your impatient or need it in a hurry you can tie it up in a plastic bag and microwave it for 4 mins or so. We were so excited to find the microwave method cause well, everyone wants to see there creations ASAP! So this method just blew our minds, but I like waiting for the outcome. I think it produces groovier results personally, while my man likes the microwave method much better. Either way works though so give them both a try and see what you dig more.
Drop me an e-mail with your comments I'd love to hear all about your opinions!
When its time, rinse the projects in cold water to remove loose dye. Rinse until the water is fairly clear removing the ties and such. In the meantime fill up the washer with HOT water and some synthrapol detergent to prevent dye from staining the white areas of your tie-dye.
NOTE:
some colors like red and black will slightly stain the white and may not be fully prevented. It gets a bit crazy when you have a project with those two colors...future blog post in process about this! Uggh
Anyway:

Add your Cold rinsed goods to the Hot washing machine load and wash. I like to wash the goods twice to make sure the colors don't bleed onto your skin or other clothing when you wear them the first time. Stained armpits can be funny when you think about it but maybe not the coolest thing at certain times HA! Dry your tie dyes and Taaa-Daahhh! Super Funk-tastic :) Wear in pride!

5/10/10

Fiesta!


Jason just made a few Custom Tie-dye orders for some groovy buds of ours! Here's a pic of one :)
A swell Red & Yellow Simple spiral tee with a matching one for our amigo & his hijo. How awesome is that?
Get yours @ Etsy

5/7/10

Strawberry Shortcake Kids Legging Set



Long Sleeve Turtleneck Top & Leggings
Medium 7/8 ~~~ SUPER CUTE!

Top = Spiral Tie-dye Design
Leggings = Stripe Tie-dye Design

~New Black
~Fire Red
~Baby Pink


One of a Kind! Once its Gone...its GONE :(
For Sale On ETSY