indigo tie dye shibori for beginners

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One of my favorite things to do with shibori is to use things I have around the house.  I have a lot of paint sticks from projects past.  This pattern is so much fun!  I love the way it makes a jagged abstract stripe down the middle.  I made this pillow from a linen- I absolutely love working with linen because it takes the dye so so beautifully!!

 Supplies: -100% Cotton Pillows 4 pack-

If you prefer to use an indigo kit this is a good one- 

-Jacquard Indigo Kit:

Indigo ingredients for a 2x2x1 vat

- Pre-reduced indigo-

-Soda Ash- Sodium Carbonate-


-Bucket 3-5 Gallons-

-Synthrapol- dyers' detergent-


-Ironing Mat-

-Ironing Board-


-Paint Stirrers-

-Drop Cloth



-Drying Rack

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You will need to accordion fold your pillow (or whatever you are dyeing) to be about the width of the paint sticks.  Then sandwich the fabric with paint sticks and tie around string around the middle.  I like to wrap it very tightly and go up and down multiple times.  Finally, I will finish it off by tying it to the tail of the original knot.  Then you’re are ready to dip! 

After dipping let it sit for a an hour and then rinse with cold water and then wash on hot with synthrapol and then dry on hot immediately.

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