Have you seen all the beautiful Shibori fashion everywhere lately? I love almost everything about Anthropologie’s Azul Dye Pullover except for the price! Why not make your own? I was first introduced to the art of Shibori when I sponsored a local workshop with a fiber artist demonstrating the method. Consumer Crafts was wonderful enough to sponsor the event so it seems fitting that I’m now sharing this great Shibori sweater tutorial with the Crafts Unleashed family!
Shibori is a traditional Japanese art that traditionally uses Indigo ink but we’re simplifying the process with Tulip’s super easy One-Step Tye Dye Kit. This keeps the mess to a minimum and allows you to finish dyeing your sweater in about 30 minutes!
Supplies needed to make your own Shibori tie-dye sweater:
Step One. Let’s talk about your sweater choice first! Whether you’re using something you have in your closet or you’re going to buy a new sweater, just make sure that it’s made out of a good amount of natural fiber. Mine is 50% Rayon/Wool. The instructions included in the kit have a list of what works best with this dye. Definitely follow it!
Step Two. Working with a damp sweater, fold arms over and then continue to fold until you entire sweater is in a strip. Now fold that strip like an accordion (over, under) until you have a cube of fabric.
Step 3. Place two wood squares on top and bottom of fabric cube and secure with rubber bands (included in dye kit.) Add water to the line indicated on the blue bottle of dye, shake to mix, and apply to the exposed fabric. I knew that my sweater was going to absorb a good amount of the dye and I wanted my color to be a deep blue so I used up an entire bottle. If you’re fabric is thinner or you don’t want the blue to be quite as dark, use less dye!
Step 5. After you’ve waited the 8 hours, unwrap and run the fabric cube under water until all the excess dye is removed. Now the fun part. Start removing all the rubber bands and wood squares to reveal your creation! Follow the instructions in the kit for proper washing and drying suggestions. You can never predict 100% what your Shibori is going to look like so it’s like opening a new gift every time. I’m thrilled with how my cardigan turned out!