diy : shibori dyeing

shibori diy | madeline made

this winter before it got too cold, i thought i would try my hand at the shibori indigo dyeing trend that i am seeing everywhere. blue is my favorite color and i wanted to use make tablecloths and napkins for parties and specifically, a baby shower. my sister and i tackled this project together and had so much fun. i bought this indigo dye kit and these cloth napkins to dye. i am so happy with the results and am sharing some of the lessons we learned.

shibori diy | madeline made

{indigo dyeing kit, wood blocks, and rubber bands}

shibori diy | madeline made

{napkins folded six ways}

shibori diy | madeline made

{the ‘bloom’ on top of the dye bucket}

shibori diy | madeline made

{mixing in soda ash}

shibori diy | madeline made

{wet bucket, dye bucket, and rinse bucket}

shibori diy | madeline made

{post dyeing dry out – start as green and fade to blue}

shibori diy | madeline made

{the results after unrolling}

shibori diy | madeline made

{hanging on diy rope line}

shibori diy | madeline made

shibori diy | madeline made

{six different designs}

Ishibori diy | madeline made

{tablecloth hanging to dry}

shibori diy | madeline made

{tablecloth design made with woodblocks}

shibori diy | madeline made

this turned out to be a really quick and easy diy, and now i have some beautiful textiles to use. thanks natalie for your help! a few tips:

  • make sure to buy more rubber bands and more wood blocks than are in the kit. we used a large bag of rubber bands and made some large wood blocks for the tablecloth design.
  • spend the time to get everything set up before starting – the lines, the rinse buckets…so you can quickly dye and hang.
  • if doing a large amount of fabric, use large clean five gallon buckets.
  • dip into the dye more than once. we only dyed once and the colors fades when dry. they will look very dark at first, but only because it it wet.
  • wash in the washing machine once after dyeing process with no detergent on cold.
  • these two tutorials are really great for folding designs. (one and two) i also made up a few of my own designs.

there are endless possibilities. be creative and enjoy!

shibori diy | madeline made

xoxo

madeline

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