I’m very excited to share this DIY Shibori post with you! This ancient dying technique has been everywhere lately. Shibori has Japanese roots, it stems from the verb root shiboru which means “to wring, squeeze and press” which is the basic process for this technique.
I was looking for a new table runner with a pop of color for spring when shibori came to mind. It’s a technique that I have been wanting to try for a while and this table runner gave me the perfect excuse!
This was my introduction to dying textiles and I was surprised at how easy the process was! Now I’m hooked. I can’t wait to experiment with more shibori techniques. This particular technique is called Itajime, which uses objects such as wood blocks to stop the ink from penetrating certain areas of the fabric, creating a pattern. I love how my new spring table runner turned out! Let’s get to the making part, shall we?
DIY Shibori table runner supplies:
6 thin rubber bands and 4 fat rubber bands (included in kit)
5 gallon bucket and lid (or saran wrap)
2 small wood pieces (included in kit)
a couple sets of gloves (1 pair included in kit)
container for drying
string to air dry cloth
a pre-washed cotton cloth
Step one: Mix the indigo dye in the bucket according to the directions. Remember to let the dye sit for at least a half hour to an hour before use. There will be a film that floats on the surface and the liquid below will be a blue-green hue.
Step two: Fold the cloth first by pleating it like an accordion horizontally. Then repeat the process vertically back and forth accordion style into a small square. Place each piece of wood on either side of the cloth. Then wrap the rubber bands around the wood and the cloth.
Step three: Submerge the cloth into the dye. Working under the surface, squeeze the fabric so that the dye can penetrate. Do this for a few minutes. Then remove the cloth from the dye and place on the drying container. Let the cloth oxidize for 20 minutes. The color will be a blue-green hue at first, but it will change as it sits in the air.
Step four: Repeat dying process. The more you times you dye the fabric the darker hue you will get.
Step five: Once you have dyed your cloth to your desired hue, let it sit wrapped in the air for a few hours.
Step six: Now that your cloth is cured, put on gloves and rinse it in clean water then unwrap. Toss it in the washing machine without soap and wash with cold water.
Step seven: Hang the cloth so that it can air dry, then iron it to set the ink.
You are all set! Hope you liked this post. I’m so excited to explore more projects in textile dying! Don’t forget to tag your makes on Instagram #makingismybliss.