Are you looking for a new project to keep yourself occupied at home? Discover the art of shibori, an ancient Japanese tie-dye technique that specialises in creating unique patterns with indigo dye. From wall prints to cushion covers, it’s a relaxing way to experiment with folding techniques while adding character and interest to your home.
Using white fabric and indigo dye, get started with our step by step guide.
You will need:
- White fabric (100% cotton is best to absorb the dye)
- Rubber gloves
- Elastic bands
- Indigo blue dye
- Picture frames
- Sewing machine and zips (optional - for making cushion covers)
Measure and cut the fabric to your desired size. Make sure that they fit the picture frames or cushion cover that you will be working on.
Prepare the dye by pouring it into the bucket according to the packet instructions.
Fold the fabric into your desired shape using the shibori method then secure tightly with elastic bands.
Note: You can choose between crumpling up the fabric, tying it into knots for a stripe effect or tying it in small bunches for a circle pattern.
Submerge the folded fabric into the dye while wearing rubber gloves. It’s best to leave it in the bucket for at least 5 minutes.
Remove the folded fabric from the bucket and place it on a covered surface. Leave it to dry overnight.
Tip: Cover all surfaces with plastic coverings or old rags to avoid staining.
Cut away the elastic bands - once again while wearing rubber gloves. Then, fold out the fabric to reveal your patterns.
Hang the fabric out to dry. Remember to cover the floor if you’re drying it indoors to prevent any staining. Once dry, iron the fabric to get rid of any creases.
The great thing about shibori fabric is how versatile it is when accessorising at home. You can choose to frame it up or even sew it into a cushion cover.
Whether it’s hung up on the walls or part of your cushion collection, these tie-dye pieces bring a stylish and personal touch to your home.