RIT's spot-dying technique to put those gold stripes on them.
and then taping it to the backside.
Then I pinned the stockings to the top side and taped off the sections I wanted to paint.
|Trying to dry the dye.|
|The tape actually worked very well, the color didn't spread at all.|
Then I re-pinned and re-taped everything and started again, this time on side two!
|I just used simple sewing pins.|
|It took a bit more effort than side one, I'm not sure why.|
It took forever and a half to dry this time, so I took advantage of my mobile work surface and leaned it up against the heat register in the bathroom.
|Worked like a charm.|
Then I rinsed them in cold water, washed them by hand in some lukewarm water, and viola!
The color spread a little during the washing, but I expect it will come out in the next wash. Its also not terribly noticeable, so I expect that when the thigh highs are actually on the legs that the spreading will just fade away.
Total cost: $8 + tax for the stocking, $1.47 for the dye, and everything else can be reused. Try it yourself!