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DIY Designs 4 Ways


By now most of us are aware of shibori, a kind of dyeing that’s having its second within the development highlight. However do you know that shibori is surprisingly simple (and really enjoyable) to DIY? Right here at Brooklyn Craft Firm, we’ve been doing a ton of shibori dyeing currently, making ready for the shibori workshop that will likely be a part of our upcoming Summer time Craft Camp occasion… and it’s been so addictive and interesting that I assumed we’d share a bit of how-to with you in the present day. Let’s get began!  —Brett Bara

About Shibori

Shibori is a Japanese dyeing method that sometimes entails folding, twisting or bunching material and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo. No matter is used to bind the material will resist the dye, leading to areas of the material that take the distinctive blue dye in patterns created by the resistance, and different areas of the material that stay white. Shibori is a really huge method and there are tons of the way to do it (and a really infinite variety of patterns you may create), however on this submit we’re going to have a look at two strategies: utilizing wooden blocks and rubber bands to bind and resist the dye.


What You’ll Want

-We actually like this indigo dyeing package, which comprises every part you have to do a shibori mission. When you don’t go the package route, you’ll want indigo dye, wooden blocks, rubber bands and rubber gloves.

-Gadgets to dye: Solely pure fibers will settle for dye, so make sure you steer away from synthetics. You possibly can select to dye easy cloth yardage which you’ll then make into something in any respect, or you may dye ready-made cloth objects like clothes, curtains, duvets – the sky’s the restrict! For essentially the most conventional shibori look, go along with stable white cloth. Cotton responds rather well to indigo dye, so cotton is a superb selection to your first makes an attempt. You should definitely wash and totally dry earlier than utilizing.

-You’ll additionally want a big container to combine the dye in (one with an air-tight lid is right if you wish to hold the dye longer than a day, as oxygen will kill the indigo dye), and if you happen to’re working indoors, you’ll need some plastic drop cloths to guard your surfaces from the dye. When you’re fortunate sufficient to have outside house by which to dye, that’s the way in which to go!


The Shibori Dyeing Course of


Begin by mixing your indigo dye based on the bundle instructions. Remember that indigo dye is affected by publicity to oxygen, so attempt to hold the container coated as a lot as potential, and keep away from stirring it aggressively or splashing it, which can introduce oxygen to the liquid.

You’ll have to fold and bind your cloth earlier than continuing with the dye; see beneath for a number of folding choices.

When you’ve folded your cloth, it’s time to dye! First, soak your folded and sure cloth in water, then squeeze it out.


Now, gently submerge your cloth within the dye. Most cloth will float, so it’s a must to maintain in below the floor together with your arms or probably weigh it down (however remember that in case your dye has been sitting for any size of time there could also be sediment on the underside of the container, and it’s a good suggestion to keep away from resting your cloth within the sediment. So it’s usually greatest to only maintain the material below the floor of the liquid together with your arms).

You possibly can soak your cloth for nearly any size of time; we discovered that 10 minutes is normally a great guess. You’d suppose that in 10 minutes, the dye would fully soak by all layers of material and dye the entire piece stable blue, however it doesn’t! The layers of folded cloth, together with the wooden, rubber bands, or no matter binding methodology you’re utilizing, will forestall the dye from totally soaking the material. Outer edges will tackle the dye, however interior areas won’t – and that’s what creates the sample.

The perfect factor to do once you’re simply beginning is to dye a bunch of check swatches of cloth to get a really feel for the outcomes you’ll get from several types of folds and varied dyeing occasions. You possibly can attempt soaking a bit for one, ten, and twenty minutes to see the outcomes that can produce. Brief soaks lead to skinny traces of blue with a number of distinct white house, and longer soaks lead to extra blue and extra bleeding of the blue onto the white.


Right here’s the cool half – once you take away your cloth from the indigo dye, your cloth will likely be yellow-green, not blue! That’s regular. Simply let the material sit out within the air for a couple of minutes, and because it oxidizes, it would flip from inexperienced to the distinctive indigo blue. You possibly can let it oxidize whereas it’s nonetheless folded, or you may unfold it now earlier than it oxidizes. When you go away it folded whereas it oxidizes, the dye will proceed to soak into the material, and also you’ll have extra bleeding in your completed piece. When you unfold it now, you’ll see much less bleeding within the completed piece.

It may possibly take wherever from a few minutes to 20 minutes to your piece to completely oxidize, so simply hang around and watch your design emerge! Throughout this time, the dye will proceed to bleed a tiny bit, and the colour will deepen – so you may by no means totally know precisely what end result you’ll get, which is a part of the enjoyable.

As soon as your piece has oxidized, all that’s left to do is rinse your cloth in water, squeeze it out, and let it dry.

Now let’s check out 4 completely different folding strategies you may attempt:

Sq. Accordion Fold


Fold the material lengthwise, accordion-style, to make a protracted strip. Then fold this strip once more, accordion-style, to make a sq. or rectangle. (Tip: if you happen to plan your folds so that you’ve got 1-2” of material overhang past the wooden blocks you’ll get a number of chunky blue sections in your completed piece. When you plan your folds in order that the folded piece is similar dimension or smaller than your wooden blocks, you’ll solely get skinny traces of blue and plenty of white house.)
Place one wooden block on both facet of the folded cloth, and safe with two rubber bands per facet. You don’t have to fret about securing the wooden blocks very closely or compressing the material loads – even a lightweight rubber band maintain will likely be lots to dam out the dye.


Triangle Accordion Fold



Fold the material lengthwise into a protracted strip (for this sample, beginning with a large strip leads to bigger, extra distinct triangles). Then, fold the strip once more in triangles, accordion-style.
Frivolously safe one rubber band on every nook, attempting to not scrunch the material an excessive amount of. Then simply place it within the dye as is – no wooden items are crucial for this one. Consider it or not, even with out wooden blocks, the folded cloth will resist the dye, and the triangle sample will emerge. (Magic, proper?!)


Fan Fold



To create a diagonal fan sample, fold the material accordion-style, with all folds originating from one nook of the material. As soon as this fan form has been created, fold the material once more accordion-style, making a messy-square sort form. Place the sq. wooden blocks over the messy folded form and safe with rubber bands, then proceed to dye.




To make an summary ring sample, merely bunch up a small wad of material wherever in your bigger cloth piece, and place a rubber band round it. The areas coated by the rubber bands will create small, summary rings of white.

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