Indigo Shibori Dyeing Newbie

Please tell me I’m not the only one who had to Google what indigio shibori was???? When Stephanie at Swoodson Says announced this blog tour, I thought hey, that sounds cool but what is it? A quick search later I deduced it is pretty much fancy tie dyeing. The only difference is you use indigo as the dye and ancient Japanese folding and binding methods on your material. I did some research on the different shibori techniques and then decided to just wing it and see what happened!

I bought an indigo dye kit on Amazon and soon realized I would have a giant vat of dye. So I called up my Sister in Law, Alyssa and ask if she wanted to come over for a backyard indigo shibori dyeing party! Between the two of us, we have five little girls so we decided it would be fun to make them all matching skirts. The girls loved being a part of making their skirts. They helped fold and bind their fabric, dunked it in the water, and then stirred it in the dye with a stick. Then we let it sit and soak in the color. At first it was green, but as it oxidized, it turned the signature indigo blue. After sitting for a while, we unwrapped our creations and rinsed them with the hose until the water ran clear. Finally, we let them hang to dry. It was a simple enough process, but it took us all afternoon. Granted we were helping 5 little girls so I’m sure it could be done much faster without kids involved.

The indigo dye only works on natural fibers so we decided to use some gauze fabric. It is nice and light weight which is perfect because we live in the South and it is HOT here! It’s a bit sheer but my girls always wear shorts under their skirts anyway. These are the first maxi skirts my girls’ have owned and they are in love. They feel so grown up and princess like with their long skirts. This fabric is also perfect for making swaddle blankets so I dyed some more fabric to make a couple of those as well. That fabric is currently in my Unfinished Projects Pile. Whoops!

Indigo shibori dyeing was such a fun experience. If you’re looking for a fun girl’s night get together or hands on activity with your kids, this is it! For more ideas on what you can dye, check out the other bloggers on tour this week.

Monday 7/24

Sarah at Sewing with Sarah – Shibori Top

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Kit Review

Tuesday 7/25

Katie at Creative Counselor – Shibori Shift Dress

Sara at Radiant Home Studio – Shibori Zipper Pouch

Wednesday 7/26

Vicky at Vicky Myers Creations – Shibori Scarf

Stephanie at Swoodson Says – Shibori Blanket

Thursday 7/27

Maryanna at Marvelous Auntie M – Shibori Bag

Ula at Lulu & Celester – Shibori Clutch

Friday 7/28

Laurel at My Heart Will Sew On – Shibori Maxi Skirt

Agy at Agy Textile Artist – Shibori with Mango Leaves

Stephanie at Swoodson Says –

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie

    August 5, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I cannot believe how cute they all are in their little skirts!! I’m glad you had fun trying it, thanks for joining in 😀

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