Last Updated on July 12, 2022 by Maria Brittis
If you like the look of tie-dye fabric check out how to shibori tye dye pillows covers in easy steps.
What is Shibori Tye Dye
By now most of you know how much I love dyeing fabric. I thought it be fun to tie-dye pillow covers and creates a Shibori design. If you are not familiar with this process it is a Japanese dying technique involved by folding twisting, bunching material, and then binding it. Then you dye it with indigo. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye. This process of resistance creates a pattern. Shibori has so many ways you can create patterns. Because I am new at this I just stuck with two designs. One with squares and the other with circles.
Types Of Shibori Techniques
There are six techniques: Kumo, Nui, Arashi, Itajime, Miura and Kanoko. Kanoko is similar to tye dye its twisting the fabric with string and rubber bands. Asrashi is twisting and wrapping around a pole before dyeing. Nui is stitching the fabric tightly in a patterns, probably the hardest to do. Kumo wrap around object held with thread. Itajime this is one I used in this post wrapping between two objects. Miura plucking threads from fabric.
Supplies For ShiBori Tye Dye
- The indigo dyeing kit (dye, wood blocks, rubber bands)
- pillow cover or sheets (cotton, muslin or linen)
- 2 pails (one for dyeing and the other to rinse)
What Is The Best Dyes For Shibori
The best dye to use for shibori is Indigo. Its a strong dye that has a beautiful shade of deep blue that is perfect for creating designs. You can use RIT dyes or Jacquard but the colors won’t last as much as they will with Indigo.
Lets Do It!
The first part is to create a design. There are many shibori designs. I picked two that was easy to follow along.
- To make a square design: Take the fabric or pillowcase and fold it into a square. Add one wooden square on the front and the other on the back. Fold sides of material over the wood and bind with 4 elastic rubber bands.
- To make the circle design: Tie a rubber band on each end of the folded fabric. So you have your choice of either wooden blocks or circles using rubber bands.
Preparing the indigo dye.
3. Start by mixing the indigo dye according to the directions. Indigo is affected by oxygen, so keep the container covered as much as you can. Once you fold the fabric its time to dye. First, soak the folded and bound fabric into plain water. Squeeze out the water and dunk into the dye. After submerging it you have to hold the fabric under the surface with your hands or use weights for 10 minutes.
4. Here is the cool part, when you remove the fabric it’s yellow and green. When left in the air it starts oxidizing and turning blue like magic. It takes 20 minutes to oxidize. Rinse well and unbind the fabric. Let the fabric dry!
Drying the Shibori Tye Dye fabric
5. Let air dry on a rack or hang on a tree to dry. Once it has dried you can iron and use them.