Tye Dye Shibori Pillow Covers
I thought it be fun and different to tie dye pillow case and create a Shibori design. If you are not familiar with this process. It’s 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.
Step 1: Creating The Designs:
To make square design: Take the fabric or pillow case and fold into square. Add one wooden square on front and the other on back. Fold sides of material over the wood and bind with 4 elastic rubber bands. To make the circle design: Don’t use the wooden blocks and tie a rubber band on each end of the folded fabric.
Step 2: Shibori Dyeing Process:
Start by mixing the indigo dye according to the directions. Use a pail. Indigo is affected by oxygen, so keep the container covered as much as you can. You will need to fold and bind your fabric. Once you fold the fabric its time to dye. First soak the folded and bound fabric into 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 or rocks for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Unbinding the Pillow Cover
Here is the cool part, when you remove the fabric its yellow and green. When left in the air it starts oxidizing and turning blue like magic. It takes 20 minutes to oxidize. Take a pail fill with cold water and rinse well. Unbind the fabric. Let the fabric dry!
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- Pillow Cover (Dharma Trading)
- Indigo kit (Dharma Trading)
- 2 Big Pails (Home Depot)
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Published March 9th, 2017 8:58 AM
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