DIY Indigo Tie Dye using the Shibori Method

I had an over abundance of  powder blue cotton sheet sets. I feel one powder blue sheet set is enough, definitely no need for three sets! Where did they all come from? Anyway, enough was enough. I had to do something with them and I’ve been meaning to experiment with the many different Japanese Shibori techniques for a while now and with all this cotton fabric. It was the push I needed to bust out the ‘laca bands and DIY Indigo Tie Dye using the Shibori Methods!

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Here are four Shibori techniques and their resulting effects.

Itajime Shibori

Method: This technique you need to fold your fabric in an accordion style compressing them between two slabs. I used off cuts of wood I had lying around and elastic bands to hold together.

Result: This achieved a window pane look.

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Arashi Shibori

Method: For this technique you must roll your fabric around a pole, I used a piece of PVC pipe that I had in the shed. Tie some twine to the end of the pipe and wrap around the pole 5-7 times with varying gaps before scrunching the material down.

Result: This achieved a jagged stripy effect.

arashi technique

Kumo Shibori

Method: Pinch a section of your fabric and tie an elastic band a small gap from the end, repeat again with another elastic band further down and repeat until you have nearly reached the edge of your material.

Result: This achieved a commonly seen tie-dye spiderweb effect.

kumo technique

Ne-Maki Shibori

Method: This last technique involves binding small objects to the material. I used clean river stones and and tied them to the fabric with elastic bands.

Result: This created a circular effect.

ne-maki technique

Once you have your prepared and bound fabric ready you can prepare your dye. Prepare to the instructions of the dye packet. I used Rit Dye in Indigo for this project, which required 1 cup of salt and a tablespoon of detergent added to hot water before adding in the dye packet and stirring until dissolved.

I had two tubs, one of cold water and the other of the dye. Wearing gloves I submerged the material in the water first before putting it into the dye and holding it under for 8-10 minutes. The longer you leave the material in the dye the darker it will be.

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Once ready rinse under water until the water runs clear or you can put it in the washing machine on a rinse and spin cycle.

Hang outside not in direct sunlight to dry.

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