I am super excited to share my tutorial for the shibori dyeing that I did on yesterday’s Perfect Pattern Parcel concert tee. This is just one of many shibori techniques, but it seemed like one of the easier ones so I thought it would be a good intro into the world of japanese cloth dying.
Here are the materials that you will need :
– fabric dye (salt if your package asks for it)
– rubber bands
– fabric (mine is bamboo knit)
– large pot
* You may notice that my dye is velvet black and yet much to my surprise the end result is very blue. Realize that all colors have gradations and when using tie dye techniques you may find that the hue shifts in the lighter areas.
Step 1 –
Cut your fabric into manageable sizes. For instance, for this shirt I cut one piece roughly the size of the front, one piece roughly the size of the back, one for the neckband, and one for the armbands. I had some leftover fabric and dyed it one flat color.
Step 2 –
Fold each piece accordian style (like you are folding a paper fan) so that it is long and skinny.
Step 3 –
Now fold that up the opposite way accordian style once again. The width of each fold will determine the size of the square pattern on your fabric. Mine are about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide.
Step 4 –
Step 5 –
According to your dyes instructions, stir and soak your bundles in the dye bath – mine stayed in for about an hour.
Step 6 –
Take off rubber bands, rinse thoroughly and hang to dry.
Now just sew it up into something fun!
PS The dye may run the first couple of times that you wash/dry it so be cautious with it in the laundry.