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Topic: Twisty Wrap Shibori-Dyed Tights  (Read 6368 times)
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« on: March 03, 2010 08:20:41 AM »

Normally, shibori would create horizontal patterns when using the wrapped pole technique. I got this cool effect by doing a diagonal wrap around the PVC pipe. It creates this long, sinewy, twisty leg look that's so crazy kicking!

Here's what I used to make them:

1-- Start with washing and rinsing out the tights. Always squeeze out the excess water. You want them wet so the dye can absorb better but too wet is just crazy and messy.

2-- Go cover your work surface and grab some rubber gloves to mix the dye. Shake up the Yellow dye and mix 2 Tbsp dye with 4 cups of very hot 140˚ water. You can heat the water in a tea kettle if your tap's not hot enough.
3-- Now immerse the tights in the dye bath for just about 2 minutes or so.
4-- Remove from the dye bath and squeeze out the excess dye. Since Yellow and Scarlet are similar colors and blend to a fiery orange, you can go right to the next step.

5-- Wrap the yellow-dyed tights diagonally around the PVC pipe. You can use a piece of masking tape to temporarily secure the tights to the end of the pipe.

6-- Tie twine around the end of the fabric and make a good strong knot. Then wrap the twin around the pipe every " for about 4".

7--Now stop and scrunch down this section of wrapped tights toward the end of the pipe. Continue wrapping and scrunching the full length of the tights. Secure the twine with a good knot.

8--OK, let's mix up the next color! Shake up and measure 4Tbsp of Scarlet dye into a 4cup measuring cup. Add 4 cups of very hot water and stir well. Then fill a 3 gallon container with enough hot water to cover the tights on the pipe. Add your Scarlet dye solution and stir well. Immerse the wrapped tights in the dye bath for about 4-6 minutes. Then remove from the dye bath and unwrap the twine and tights.

9-- Rinse tights in cool water until it runs clear. Launder in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and hang to dry.
Tada... my new happy legs!

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2010 08:25:32 AM »

A. Those are sooo awesome.
B. Your tut rocks.
C. Must, Have, Shibori. Tights.

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2010 08:28:13 AM »

That's really cool!!  I love the way they look!  thanks for the tute to Grin

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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2010 08:29:44 AM »

Awesome!  These are so rad.  And that's possibly the cutest tut I've ever seen--thanks for sharing!  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2010 08:49:46 AM »

awesome awesome tights!

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010 09:04:38 AM »

So cool! With those colours, they look like musculature. Or bacon. Either way, awesome!

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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2010 09:18:32 AM »

Wow, these are soooo great!!  I will def. try this...thanks for directions!!!  you rock!!

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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2010 09:37:30 AM »

wow those look amazing ! I want a pair

« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2010 09:40:23 AM »

I love this and I think they're so cool! I just don't know if I could pull off wearing them!

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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2010 11:55:20 AM »

Very cool Smiley
Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

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