Yesterday I showed you how to use the Rit Indigo Shibori Tie Dye Kit to dye fabric folded and bound in the traditional Shibori styles.
Here’s another method of manipulating fabric before dyeing. This is one of my favorite methods for creating a Shibori-type design.
Start with a piece of PVC plastic pipe. Mine was 2″ in diameter and about 10″ long. Any diameter will work and each size will give you a different effect.
Start by anchoring one corner of the fabric on the pipe with a tight elastic band. Then wrap the fabric around the pipe. Wind string or rope around the pipe as you go.
After you’ve wrapped a few inches, push the fabric up towards the starting point, making small folds. Pull the string or rope tightly to secure the folds and continue wrapping the fabric around the pipe.
When you get to the end of the fabric, secure the string or rope with a knot and put another elastic band around the bottom end to hold everything in place.
Soak the fabric in water and then dye it in the Rit Indigo dye solution using the method given in yesterday’s post. I used the same dye bath I used yesterday.
Here are fabrics I dyed using 3 variations of this technique.
Here’s another folding method that’s easy to use.
Pinch one corner of fabric and secure with elastic.
Hold the fabric by the corner and twist along the length. Then roll it all into a circle or rectangle and secure with several elastic bands. The tighter the elastics are, the more white fabric you’ll see after it’s dyed.
Here’s how this piece turned out after rinsing and drying.
Another fun technique uses bamboo skewers or chopsticks. Place one skewer on a corner of the fabric. My fabric was doubled, but you can use a single layer if you wish.
Roll the fabric once around the skewer. Add another skewer and roll again. Keeping adding skewers and rolling the fabric until you have a little bundle of skewers and fabric.
Wrap tightly with elastic or string, soak in water for a few minutes, then dye with Rit Indigo Dye.
Please join me again tomorrow as I start using my Shibori design fabrics to create a small table runner.
This is part 3 of 5 in this series
Go back to part 2: Tie-dyeing process: How to get Shibori style dyed fabric
Go to part 4: Squares make a great looking table runner: Make your own design