Shibori Tie Dye Techniques
Tie Dye is a trend that seems to always come and go and come back again. This summer I noticed it popping up again not only in fashion but in interior design. I thought by adding some tie dye pillows and maybe some tapestries would give my back patio a cute boho vibe, so I did a little research into how to get these designs.
Shibori Tie Dye is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique that has been around since the 8th century. There are so many different shibori patterns and all completely unique. I couldn’t bring myself buying a store bought design, so I decided to make my own. Not only was it so much cheaper, but it was so much fun, they came out so good and I can say I actually made it.
I started with 3 basic designs to try out: lines, the bull’s eye and diamonds. The bull ’s eye was my personal fave.
- Accordion fold fabric to desired width. My width was about 1 1/2 -2 inches.
- Tie rubber bands kind of like a pony tail. Adding as much lines as you would like to create.
- Pinch the middle of the fabric pulling up.
- Gather add fabric from the center and then tie a rubber band at the top.
- Tie a few more rubber bands to create a bull's eye effect.
- Accordion fold fabric to desired width. My width was about 2 1/2 inches.
- Fold one side of folded fabric creating a triangle.
- Continue accordion folding in triangle forms.
- Tie two rubber bands to to the final triangle folded shape. One on each long points.
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