Step 1: Get Ready
INDIGO DYE- this sounds like an obvious one, but I was surprised to hit my local Spotlight and find there was no colour labelled 'indigo', and certainly no 'natural indigo dye' that the shibori e-masters seem to use. Being impatient, rather than shop around I opted for 50g dylon powder in 'denim', as indigo dye was traditionally used for jeans.
(You'll also need 250g of salt if you use Dylon)
FABRIC- I bought a $2 remnant of white cotton for my test run. Wow- I'm even more excited to have realised what I turned that $2 in to!
BUCKET OR BASIN- I bought a big bucket, which may be useful if I was mixing true indigo dye, but ended up just using my sink.
BITS & BOBS- Different Shibori techniques call for different items. I had stones, elastic bands & thread around the house, so could try a couple of styles.
Step 2: Get Set
Step 3: Go Kobasu Go
Step 4: What a Stitch Up
I was unsure whether I would need to stitch every fold, or if I could stitch 2 or 3 folds together. I decided to test both ways, and you'll see from the final pic it did not make a blind but of difference- woo hoo, love finding an easy option!
Take the thread at the end of a triangle, pull it to gather the fabric, and then wrap the thread around the gathered section. Repeat, and repeat, and repeat...... (It'll be worth it, I promise!)
Set aside to tackle a few other techniques.
Step 5: Kumo Rocks
No fancy rules- just repeat until you run out of pebbles or fabric!
Step 6: I Fold
Step 7: Taking the Plunge
I followed the instructions on the packet. This included adding 250g salt, so I made a quick dash to the corner shop for some table salt. I filled my sink with the recommended amount of water, stirred in the dye, plunged my three bits of fabric in to the mix and left them, with no real idea how long it would take.
Step 8: Dyed & Gone to (Shibori) Heaven
I literally had no idea whether it had worked as I started snipping away, so was stoked as these patterns started to emerge.
I dried the fabric, then put it through the wash and dried it again, smiling every time I looked at the washing line.
Now to decide what to do with my gorgeous fabric....... I'll save that for another post :)