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DIY Shibori Fabric dye

Hey there! 
Shibori dye was the longest time on my DIY to try list. Today, I finally gave it a shot.

For this project, I used 2m of IKEA‘s Bomull fabric which is basically cheap and unbleached cotton fabric. For any similar project, a cotton fabric should be the first choice because synthetic fibers won’t hold the color as well.

In Japan Shibori has been a trend for quite a while now and there are various ways and patterns to make with just a few items.
I’m Showing you four different techniques and patterns. For all of them, I’m using the IKEA fabric, rope, pipes, rubber bands, tape and a storage bin for coloring.

For this project, I’m also using powdery fabric dye in two colors (azure blue and black) mixed together, because I wanted to achieve an indigo-like color and I couldn’t find anything closer to that. I followed the instructions and used both packs entirely with 3l of water and 5 table spoons of salt to fixate the color.




Hachinosu Shibori


For this pattern you’ll need:
1m rope
fabric

Instructions

Lay down the fabric in front of you. Put the rope on one end of the fabric and wrap the fabric around the rope. Now try to push the fabric as close together as possible and tie the ends together







Arashi Shibori


For this pattern you’ll need:
tape
a plastic PVC tube
rope or yarn
fabric

Instructions

Fold the fabric in half until it has reached approx. 30x20cm. Stick one end diagonally on the tube with the tape and wrap the fabric around the pipe. Secure in place with rope or yarn and knot the ends together.

This gives you a pattern that looks like this (My fabric was probably a bit too large for my small pipe so it didn’t turnout the most accurate):






Itajime Shibori


For this pattern you’ll need:
2 wooden squares
rubber bands
fabric

Instructions

Fold a long strip out of your fabric in an accordion style. Then fold a square also in an accordion style. Attach wooden squares on top of the bulk and on the bottom and secure in place with rubber bands.





Naname Goshi Shibori


For this pattern you’ll need:
2 wooden triangles
rubber bands
fabric

Instructions

Fold a long strip out of your fabric in an accordion style. Then fold a square also in an accordion style. Wrap around both open edges to create triangles. Attach wooden triangles on top of the bulk and on the bottom and secure in place with rubber bands.

In the end all of my fabric looked like this lying in the dye

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