Denim Shirt Upcycling tutorial

Denim Shirt Upcycle Tutorial

I was so bummed out when I somehow got bleach on one of my favorite J.Crew denim shirts! I decided to upcycle instead of throw it out because it had a lot of life left.  
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Ink Blot Pattern-Easy Stitched Shibori Pattern

It's a fun pattern to do and also makes a great conversation starter on your couch! What do you see?

The technique is fairly simple as far as a stitched shibori pattern goes.  Accordion fold the piece to the desired width and then tack the edge with repetitive stitching.  Watch the video for a visual.  

Denim Scrap Patchwork Pillow Tutorial

Denim Scrap Patchwork Pillow Tutorial for Fabrscrap

I sewed all the scraps together in strip patterns and then arranged them in a pleasing composition.  I played for a while with the color blocks of light and dark shades making sure that the led the eye around the whole pillow.  There's no wrong way to do it, but I think the composition is my favorite element of the "crazy quilt".  

I pinned them down on a 21x21" piece of dark wash denim and then stitched them down like an applique.  I've included some photos of my process here.  I also taught a workshop for FABSCRAP on how to make it.  I've uploaded the class video on my YouTube channel.  

tie dye tutorial

Fourth of July Tie Dye Tutorial

I wanted to try something fun and festive for the Fourth of July this year.  I was inspired by people in my online shibori classes, being resourceful when they couldn't get their hands on indigo.  They would buy Rit Dye or tie dye kits!  The Shibori folding techniques can be applied to tie dye and you can have a lot of fun mixing the colors! 

Check out my Skillshare Classes and Online Workshops: 

How to Ice for Beginners: You can get a free 14 day trial of Skillshare Premium with this link: https://skl.sh/3xKUPJf

Indigo Tie Dye Shibori for Beginners: You can get a free 14 day trial of Skillshare Premium with this link: https://skl.sh/3mPXk83 

Live Online Shibori  indigo Tie Dye for Beginners: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shibori-indigo-tie-dye-for-beginners-virtual-workshop-tickets-104093582708?keep_tld=1

Color Discharge Experiment

Color Discharge Experiment

I decided to try dharma's color remover and see what it was all about. It is also known as Thiourea dioxide (AKA Thiox, Spectralite).  
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Shibori- Indigo Dyeing Turtorial Step By Step- Beginner

Written step by step instructions for resist dyeing with indigo
May 24, 2020 — Catherine Ruhl
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