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Shibori Lover

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I recently discovered Shibori and I'm literally DYEing over the results! Aren't you???! Shibori is a Japanese dying technique that involves the folding, twisting and binding of fabrics to create intricate patterns and designs.  Basically, it's fancy tie dye. I'M IN LOVE! The best part about this DIY is that it is surprisingly simple and there are an infinite number of patterns that you can create. Plus, it doesn't matter if  your patterns are imperfect.  Each design is unique and has its own character!

Materials:
Rit Liquid Dye in Navy Blue
White Cotton Napkins - only natural fibers will absorb the dye, so make sure to stay away from synthetics
Twine/String or Rubber Bands
Cardboard
Scissors 
Bucket
Rubber Gloves

Steps:

For my Shibori, I wanted to create two types of patterns for my napkins (triangular and square). I cut out my shapes from a piece of cardboard, folded the napkins accordingly, placed the cardboard shape on top, and then bound the napkins with string. You can use rubber bands for this as well.

Mix your dye according to the package instructions in a bucket.

Run each bound napkin under cold water so that the fabric can easily absorb the dye once submerged.

Place your napkins in the dye and allow them to soak for 20-30 minutes. The longer you keep them in, the darker the color.

Put on your rubber gloves, remove the napkins from the dye and remove the cardboard and string.

Run the unbound napkins under cold water until the water runs clear. Hang dry. 

There are so many fun Shibori dye patterns out there to play around with! Get creative and get dyeing!!!!

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