Shibori: embellish fabrics using a simple tutorial with Supernaturelles

from Annalisa Chelli - 6 August 2020

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
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Dyer, seamstress and passionate about textiles, Candice began her apprenticeship in the mist of the old fabrics of the family flea market in France. After training as a stylist, she is interested in and studies natural dyeing and linked the world of color to her knowledge of old canvases.

Several doors open! Botany, colorimetry, textile traditions from around the world. Today, she is the founder of the Supernaturelles Mark proposing an idea of the fashion that is closest to women and nature. She also organize workshop and seminars.

Ready?

Shibori with indaco and wool gauze

Equipment:
Wool gauze raw white, 1.65 cm height and 1.70 lenght
Clothpins
Chopstick
String
Ready indigo vat – 15 liter
Basin
White vinegar

1 Turn the vat and wait until the surface becomes metalic again.

indigo vat
natural dye
blue indigo

2 Set up your equipment.

shibori - tutorial
shibori - diy

3 Do a color test on a fabric sample.

shibori with indigo
natural dye with indigo

4 Fold the fabric in half crosswise.

wool gauze

5 Fold a new strip of fabric across the width (about 11 cm). Continue with regular accordion style folds. You can get help using iron.

shibori pattern with wool gauze
shibori pattern with wool gauze

6 Place the chopsticks above and below the fabric. Tie very tightly on one side and the other.

shibori pattern with wool gauze
shibori pattern with wool gauze
shibori - diy

7 Place the clothespins symmetrically (64 have been used in this example).

shibori - diy
shibori pattern - natural dye
shibori pattern - natural dye

8 Soak for a few minutes in warm water.

shibori pattern - natural dye

9 Wring gently. Do not remove the sticks nor the clothpins.

shibori pattern - natural dye

10 Soak for one minute into the indigo vat. Take it off and wring again.

how to realize a shibori pattern
how to realize a shibori pattern
how to realize a shibori pattern
how to realize a shibori pattern

11 You get green/yellow color. Wait until the fabric gets completely into blue on contact with oxygen. Soak again two or three time for about 5 minutes.

how to realize a shibori pattern

12 After these steps, leave to turn it completely blue. Then immerse in cold water with white vinegar for 15/20 minutes. Rinse.

how to realize a shibori pattern
how to realize a shibori pattern

13 It’s now time to remove the sticks and the clothespins, time to discover the patterns !

how to realize a shibori pattern
how to realize a shibori pattern

14 Handwash carefully with gentle soap.

15 Let the fabric air dry and sheltered from the sun.

how to realize a shibori pattern

Cool, isn’t it? If you liked this article you might like Indigo: How to achieve perfect dyes.

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