The title says it all...
William J. Edwards | 11/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the unique world of Tie Dye, I am a professional who has made thousands of T-shirts, sheets, curtains, baby clothes and even boxer shorts. I have supplied dozens of stores from Daytona Beach to Miami with T-shirts and more, followed the Grateful Dead on tours, and sold T-shirts through mail order. With the exception of a very few pointers, I have found information on the creation of high quality tie dyes to be very illusive. I have read countless books, most of which contained the same extremely basic and often inaccurate information. The majority of my "tie dye education" has come through several years of very expensive trial and error...and believe me, there are many many possible errors to be made.
Tom & Martine have created nothing shy of the "Holy Grail" of How to Tie Dye DVD's. I have never seen anything that comes even close to the quality of this set. If you know absolutely nothing about tie dye, buy this DVD set and you will have every necessary piece of information you need to make amazing tie dyes. Everything from how to do it, to where to get everything you need to do it. If you are a seasoned tie dye professional, you still want to buy this DVD set. You will find several tips which will save you money, save you time and effort, and make tie dying much more enjoyable.
I don't know how Tom and Martine managed to put a price on their invaluable DVD set...at 10 times the selling price, it would still be worth every penny!
A must have edition to every Tie Dyers Library....
Suzanne Richmond | Melbourne, Florida | 05/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tom and Martine have done a wonderful job illustrating their long time,earned experience with the wonderful and colorful process of tie dyeing. I am a tie dyer myself, have seen other videos on the market, and this is the best. I have learned a lot from them. Their presentation, format, explanation, funky music score, illustration of the process with a speeded up review at the end of each lesson is really fun to watch and helps you learn it and remember it. And then theres the bloopers and inserts...too funny! I highly recommend to any new tie dyer to get this and learn it right. I also recommend it to seasoned dyers as Tom and Martine make some very good points about chemistry to achieve optimum results. As far as tie patterns go, they are wonderful, gorgeous and brilliant. Better than a class as you can view the DVD over and over again.
TIE DYE LIVES !!! And more and more people are appreciating it for the art form that it is. Thanks Tom and Martine for educating us in how to get the primo results we all love to see.
You can't be depressed and wear tie dye!
Covers everything from beginner to advanced
Dancing Goddess | 08/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent set of DVDs for learning everything from beginner to advanced techniques for doing tie dye. The instructors give very clear, detailed instructions on safety, folding, tying and dyeing techniques. I also like that after they run through the instructions they have a fast visual review of how the tie was done, using stop motion photography that makes it look like the item is folding all by itself with no human intervention. In addition, they tend to do at least two sample variations of each tie and show several examples of that tie different color schemes at the end of a segment. Finally, they show you how to get an idea of how your own folding and tying designs will look on paper, for mandala type designs, before doing the actual dying process. I was specifically looking for how to do mandala/lotus blossum patterns which are not easy to find instructions for and the instructions on the DVD are far better than the only instructions I found on the web. This set is absolutely wonderful.
The only problems I have with these DVDs are small: 1) they assume you have your own washer that you can stop mid cycle and set to spin (commercial washers don't generally allow this), 2) they assume you can crank up your water heater temporarily for the wash-out, 3) although they dye silk and rayon (in addition to t-shirts) in the videos, to the best of my recollection they don't bring up some of the specific issues involved with these fabrics (black fiber reactive dye doesn't take well on silk, dyes color shift on silk, rayon is VERY fragile while wet, etc.) and 4) the music between sections is louder than the verbal instructions, so I had to keep adjusting the volume. The first two issues affect me because I live in an apartment. The third issue may not be much of a problem since I suspect people who are doing silk and rayon have generally done some additional research. The fourth issue is livable, and I might just be more sensitive to volume changes than most people.
The pros far outweigh the cons, which is why I'm giving it five stars. By the way, here's a link to some examples of their work on their website http://www.truetiedye.com/freeTraditionsICWS/index.cfm?ID=21B3E364-C19A-4CD5-85369427A410FA8E . Some, but not all, of these are pictures of the sample projects they did in the video."
Gabriele Molina | Glendale, AZ United States | 05/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being very new to tie dyeing I purchased this 3-volume set and it is better than I could have imagined. The instructions are very detailed every step of the way, including explanations of all of the ingredients used, how to mix the different solutions, how exactly to tie the shirts to get the results shown, you get a list of helpful tools, a list of suppliers for all items used in the clips etc.
Disc 1 had a scratch when I received the DVD's, but after contacting Tom from [...], he had me send the scratched disc back and replaced it with a brand new one in record time. A+++++ on customer service there!
I highly recommend the 3-volume set (which is a better deal than purchasing each volume separate) to anyone, beginner or advanced."