Monday, March 5, 2012

DIY Shibori with Indigo Dye Tutorial


This project can take hours between folding, multiple dye cycles and washing/drying, but the end result is so satisfying. Even if you don't really know what you're doing, you can't make something ugly. Like Bob Ross always said: "we don't make mistakes, we just have happy little accidents."

Some notes...
*the indigo dye kit I used is here. Full instructions are included. One kit was enough to do a ton of cloth. It lasts a few days properly stored in cool temperatures.
*the more tightly the cloth is bound, the whiter those parts will be.
*the color is much lighter when dry.
*I found that washing with detergent after the initial rinse faded the color a bit (even on cold wash) so I did a cold wash without detergent, dried in the dryer, then ironed on the hottest setting to set the color. After that, I washed with detergent.
Trippin on oxidizing indigo.
My boy, Teddy. This is what happens every time I lie something out on the bed.
I loved doing this so much that I'm considering joining a Shibori/ tie-dye commune.

PS. Have you seen my tumblr?

28 comments:

  1. Too frickin cool! I'll join that commune with you, only I'd like to just stand on the sidelines and cheer. Or I'll sew them into pillows, how 'bout that? ;)

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    1. I do need a pillow sewer - you're hired!

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    2. wait, no not a 'pillow sewer'...a person to sew pillows.

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  2. Looks awesome! It's amazing how different these can turn out just based on folds and rubber bands.

    Laura
    www.happyroost.blogspot.com

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  3. oooohh!!!! I'm dying to try this! When I get back I'm going to attempt it. I will try a tablecloth or something like that and let you know the results. I'm so excited now! Thanks

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  4. wow! how fun is this!? great diy!

    drop by allister bee soon!

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  5. Amazing and one-of-a-kind. What could be better than this?
    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  6. Um kind of obsessed with this! I need to dye something now!!

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  7. Oh wow it came out great...and I love the color! xo

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  8. Tie Dye is one of my all time favorite solutions to white clothing that turns dingy on me! I had a Ralph Lauren white tee that had been stained and I tie dyed it because I couldn't bear to throw away something so old and comfy. People ask me all the time if Ralph Lauren still carried tie dyed t-shirts! Too funny.

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  9. Amazing! Congrats, loved all your creations! XoXo Maca

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  10. Wow! This is really cool. Thanks so much for sharing your know how!
    xo
    Sharon

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  11. This is so amazing!! Will have to do a link connect on my next blog post : )

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  12. Way to go girl! Did you also do the sketches?

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  13. Wow you have been a busy bee! Nice work. I still to this day have never even tie-dyed anything.

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  14. Absolutely love this! So much fun! Xx

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  15. I am so impressed by you!!! They are all so gorgeous! I think the middle one is my fav. You should start an etsy store for these!

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    1. I think I'm going to have to because I want to do more but can't live in and wear everything shibori!

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  16. Love love love!
    I am going to be up all night trying to figure out what I can do in hot pink.

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  17. Oh now I want this as upholstery fabric for the nursery... awesome.

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  18. Thanks so much for your really clear instructions! found you via google images/tutorials!

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  19. Thanks so much for your really clear instructions! found you via google images/tutorials!

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  20. Try scouring your fabric before dying next time. Might fix the problem you had with the color fading. http://www.rootsimple.com/2012/05/how-to-prep-fabric-for-dyeing-scouring/

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