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Topic: On Easter, Instead of Dyeing Eggs, We Dyed Fabric (Shibori-Style)  (Read 1554 times)
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« on: April 07, 2016 05:02:03 PM »

I had brunch with my siblings on Easter Sunday, and my sister-in-law had a project for us to try after we ate. She had run across a Shibori dyeing video on Facebook (I think my mom actually posted it), and she got all of the stuff for us to try it out.

She picked up a half dozen large square cotton/linen towels and a t-shirt. She also got clothespins and denim RIT dye.

We watched the video and then had at it! While the dye pot (half a bottle of liquid RIT dye and some salt) was heating up on the stove, I washed a piece of PVC pipe that my brother had in the basement. It seemed a bit long, but was the perfect size for the wrapping. We folded, clipped, wrapped, and scrunched the fabric in a variety of ways (we did a couple that were as directed in the video, but then, renegades that we are, we tried a few variations). Before it went into the dye bath, we had to get the cloth wet.

For my first cloth, I rolled it around a piece of 4" PVC pipe, and then wrapped it with twine, scrunching it down as I went.  I had to stand the pipe up in the pot (and supervise it carefully so it didn't tip and break the kitchen lighting!).



We had 3 items in the pot for the first batch, and once they were ready (at least 10-20 min later), we rinsed them in the sink.



Rinsing the one on the PVC pipe was tricky- I had to make sure I didn't break any dishes with the other end of the pipe!

Unfolding them was pretty cool because we got some really neat effects! I don't have pictures of all of them, but they were neat!

This was my first one, and it came out with this neat ombre effect (it probably could have used more time soaking in the dye, but I really love how it came out!).



For this one, my SIL's brother folded his a bit like a "cootie catcher" and ended up with this neat heart-shaped pattern in the middle.



I also did one that I twisted in a spiral, and I got a neat spiral pattern on it. The coolest thing was the t-shirt that my SIL accordion-folded and then clipped with the clothespins (she also did a dishtowel the same way). It came out a nice deep blue with crisp white rectangles where the clothespins were. My sister did a triangle accordion fold with clothespins, and got a neat geometric design.

Here are most of the towels drying in the sun on the deck. You can see the spiral one on the table on the right.



After we ran out of towels, there was still a huge pot of dye, so my SIL and her brother wandered around the house to find other things to dye. My SIL gave new life to an old bathrobe, and her brother dyed an old chef's hat.

It was a lot of fun, easier than we expected, and we ended up with some great (and functional) memories of the day!
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2016 05:22:38 PM »

Isn't it fun?  I will be teaching shibori dyeing to craftster members in Canada this June! There are so many fun ways to do this unique type of dyeing...I love that you and your siblings did it together...I bet you guys had a blast with blue hands all day!

I am going to put your link in the Canadian Meet up thread so that they all know what they have to look forward to!
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2016 05:26:13 PM »

Thanks, alwaysinmyroom! And, it's funny, the only one who ended up with blue hands was my SIL, and only after she dyed the bathrobe Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2016 05:29:29 PM »

I wore gloves and I still got blue hands...my tub was also blue...I did a tutorial last year on this and did some samples as well...we are going to do the clothespin one as well as the scrunched on the PVC pipe one....I can't wait...it really is fun and such a surprise...I love your ombre one....a happy accident all the time!

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016 05:40:58 PM »

I did expect to have Smurf hands, because we didn't have gloves, so I was happy I didn't! We used as stainless steel pot, and rinsed in a black sink, so if the sink got stained, it didn't show Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2016 12:01:27 PM »

Very interesting patterns. The result is beautiful and the process seems fun though messy. At least, I would be messy doing it. Thanks for all the pictures of how you made this. I am thinking of trying this on bed sheets. Would it hold to washing in the machine?
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2016 02:23:14 PM »

It wasn't that messy, but everything was right handy- the stove was right beside the sink, and the "project table" just got a little wet. We added salt to the dye bath to set the dye. The directions say to wash with like colors or separately for the first few washes, so they might fade a bit. You could leave them in the dye longer to get a deeper color, I'd guess, so if it fades, it will still look good.
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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2016 08:57:23 PM »

Thanks for the tips. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2016 01:21:18 AM »

How cool! That looks so fun! Hilarious about the other things your family ended up dying... Last time I tie dyed, I wanted to use the excess dye, so I tie dyed a ton of underwear, haha!
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2016 08:43:29 AM »

lol Haylie...I used real indigo dye and did not want to waste it, so I dyed tablecloths, napkins, many of my husband's slightly stained white t-shirts, handkerchieves, scarves, slips and socks!  Lots of blue around my house...ha ha

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