Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday Shibori Success

So, I'm trying out a new design for the blog - a more coastal feel.  The background is actually the crazy gray wood on my deck.  Most people would stain it or completely replace it but I really like gray wood so I'm working with it :)

Anyway, I'll probably tweak it here and there but I felt like it was time for a new look.  I also felt it was time to get back to blogging.  I've been away forever ever...the last real post was in February! 

First up - I tried Shibori again.  If you're new to Shibori you can check out my previous post here:  Shibori DIY  I went through all the steps - here I'll just give an overview.

I use this kit and it's pretty easy (and cheap!) - you just follow the directions on the package, so for supplies, you'll need:

Dye kit
- 5 gallon bucket (with a lid if you're planning on keeping your dye for a few days)
-Lots of rubber bands...more than come in the kit
-Stuff you want to dye - For me cotton works best - and it shouldn't feel shiny at all or the dye doesn't tend to stick
-Something to stir with (a yard stick would work, but I like yard sticks so I used a long piece of pvc pipe)
-Scraps of wood - you can wrap fabric around them to act like a resist to the dye
-A place to hang your dyed fabric (or a box to keep them in while you're dyeing)
-Drop cloth - I used cloth vs plastic...I'd rather have the dye sink into the fabric vs drip all over the plastic
-Work outside - it smells pretty bad!

Now, a tip I learned (after the second time) - wrap up all your pieces with rubber bands before you want to start, that way you're ready to go.  Also, I dyed mine stuff at least twice, letting them sit for about 10 minutes between each dye.  Next time, I wouldn't wrap mine quite so tight - I didn't get as much dye as I would have liked on the inside of the fabric (the dye couldn't get to it)

Here are the photos :)

I'm kind of obsessed with Shibori...I might have to do it again (especially since I bought a white cotton Turkish beach towel to dye and forgot about it in my linen cabinet....grrr)

Hope you're having a great weekend!