The Nordisk Alfheim gets a makeover
The latest tent to get the pain treatment, is the Alfheim Tipi. I use this little tent quite a lot, and decided years ago, I wanted to paint flowers around the border.
It went a but further with a wisteria, and somehow a labrador got added, but heres the finished version, pitched and waitiing to be waterproofed
Dyeing a bell Tent
I have only actually dyed small cotton ridge tents, which worked fine, but I haven't actually attempted to dye a bell. I can understand if one is a bit grubby and mildew, that its worth an attempt to 'camoflage' it. A few things to consider before doing so are:- Tie dye is going to be more forgiving than dyeing an entire tent. As fluctuations in colour, streaking etc are going to be less obvious. If you are going for the full dye, lighter colours are also going to be more forgiving than deep colours A bell is sometimes coated with a silicon or similar finish, so is actually designed not to absorb liquid, which is what you are actually trying to do! Try a test dye first - use the tent bag and see how it takes Choose your dye carefully for your tent - a 100% cotton dye will give a deep colour with standard dyes, but you may have a poly mix. There are poly dyes out there You are going to need something fairly huge to actually dye it in - a paddling pool is probably the most obvious way to do it. If it goes wrong and looks a bit smeary at the end, then just paint simple designs on it - insects and flowers can always be dotted anywhere! Dyeing an inner This is usually a fairly simple process - follow the guidelines above, but do make sure you check the content. I had mixed results as my cotton worked fine with the red, but my poly mix came out dirty grey knicker colour, instead of a lovely sky blue!