March 14, 2014

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)
– gloves
– 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 –

Using rubber bands tightly wrap up each folded bundle many times both ways.  The tighter you make it the more white spots on your final fabric.

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.

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  • Reply lin3arossa March 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Thanks for the tut! Does it bleed upon washing?

    • Reply Kelli Ward March 14, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      mine did not. but i did only wash it with very dark fabric. i would be really careful laundering it the first 5 or so times.

  • Reply Suzanna Forsythe March 14, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Gorgeous! I really want to try this sometime!!!

  • Reply Madalynne March 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Doesn’t seem too hard at all! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply lisa g. March 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    no way–that is too easy! i’m dying to try this out myself (hehe no pun intended…). yours turned out so great!

  • Reply Kelly D. March 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Love it!! The dark bands are just perfect!

  • Reply Deb Cameron March 14, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I have everything to do this right now…except the time! Gah, this is gorgeous!

  • Reply katherine h March 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    The shirt turned out really great. The dye job looks so professional. I’m sure that this top will be one of your favourites!

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe March 14, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    This is so great Kelli! You are on fire with these tutorials. Lovely pics too.

  • Reply Shannon D. March 14, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Your tee is lovely! Thank you for sharing the technique!

  • Reply Christy March 15, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    You are so clever! I will try this one day, but first I should buy some white fabric. I don’t know if I have ever bought white fabric!!

  • Reply anu*miki March 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    love it !

  • Reply Angela March 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    You make it sound so easy! I’m sure mine will look different after I accidentally dump the dye all over the floor. Also important to note, I love your shower curtain!

  • Reply Ingrid Weimers March 18, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    Looks great – surprised it’s so simple!

  • Reply Katy Patzel March 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    I’m going to have to give this a try!

  • Reply Kate March 21, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Many moons ago I studied textile design and I thought I would let you in on some things I learned in fibres yarns and fabrics. In fabric dying you can never get a true black. Even commercially it is either a blue black of a brown black. In industry they weigh everything down to the .000 of a gram to get the colour they need but in a home setting it is recommended to either double or triple the amount of dye to get a “true black”. Even so it is very very hard without holding the fabric at high heat. It’s interesting and I tend to nerd out a bit. Now let’s do some burn tests.

  • Reply Emily@BelgianSeams April 24, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    I really want to give this a go! It’s going to the top of my ‘to try’ list! Thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

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  • Reply Barb June 24, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    An awesome tutorial! I just love shibori as well! I have found that using fiber reactive dye makes a permanent bleed proof dye. AND it comes in great colors. See my shibori: https://www.madebybarb.com/?s=Shibori

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    Interesting tutorial with wonderful result.You have made the process easy for newcomer like me.Thank you .

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