Tie-Dye Summer
Claire Miles - April 28, 2020

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

For all us, summer means something else. And that’s totally cool. But one thing that we should surely all be doing this summer regardless of our style is tie-dying our clothing. It’s an absolutely magical experience that can help bring back any of your old clothing into an unforgettable, epic piece that will make you stand out wherever you go. It’s also an incredibly nostalgic way to add your new pieces to your summer wardrobe, without spending too much at all, both money and time at the store.  So if you’re ready to return to the good old days when you were at summer camp, you’re sure as heck going to want to get your hands on a tie-dye kit! 

You’re likely to have forgotten how to tie-dye exactly, which is perfectly understandable as it’s probably been slightly over a decade since you did so. To tie-dye, you’ve first got to envision what your masterpiece will look like. The most classic ways to go are the crumple and spiral methods, which include scrunching a wet shirt into a ball and then placing rubber bands to hold everything in place. Do note, the together the bands are placed, the more dramatic the outcome will be.  For those who want to use the spiral method, you’ll need a tool such as a fork to spin your old fabric round and round. Place the fork or other similar tool in the middle of your fabric, and twist it until everything is wound up together. Then you can tie-dye each section of the fabric with a different color, for the ultimate bright effect.  

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For a more monochromatic tie-dye look, you’ll want to turn to the simple bath method. All that’s required is that you fill up either a bathtub (or even a bucket if your mom is worried) with as much dye as your heart desires. Then all that’s left is to dunk your rubber band tied item into it.  Once your fabric is dyed to perfection, be sure to leave it overnight in a plastic bag. In the morning, you can open up your masterpiece, run it under cold water – and tada! You’ve got yourself the ultimate nostalgic piece this summer.