because i'm not done with shibori yet

Well I couldn't just write one (or more) post about this topic, could I? 

Over the last few months of planning on doing shibori at some point, I started collecting useful links. I referenced them often before my birthday party and had them pulled up for my friends to look at to get ideas for their bandanas. 

So here it is, a pretty comprehensive list of helpful shibori links! I hope they inspire and guide some of you like they did me. 

Shibori Indigo Dyeing Tutorial from In Color Order
DIY Shibori from Honestly WTF 
DIY Shibori Designs 4 Ways from Design*Sponge 
How to Indigo Dye Fabric from IndieSew 
Shibori Indigo Cloth Napkins from Alice and Lois 
Shibori Dyeing from Seamwork
Shibori Tie Dye Folding Techniques from Creative in Chicago 
4 Ways to Dye with Indigo Dye from Brit+Co 

And you're going to need some creative ways to wear your bandanas, so look no further than this article for tons of ways to wear them. 

I was also inspired by this bolo necklace from Free People which they unfortunately no longer carry, but it gives me good ideas! I'm thinking of making some polymer clay rings to wear with my bandanas. 

I was also inspired by this bolo necklace from Free People which they unfortunately no longer carry, but it gives me good ideas! I'm thinking of making some polymer clay rings to wear with my bandanas. 

shibori birthday party

Look, it's a non-weekend reading post! I really am going to make a concerted effort into posting here more often and to get back to the craft- and creativity-themed posts. Let's start with a group craft, shall we?!

My birthday was about a week and a half ago and it fell during the time that I normally would have a craft night. So I figured- why not combine my monthly craft night with my birthday party?! A few months ago one of my friends had a 'make and take' birthday party in which she and her friends all worked on an embroidery project- she supplied the supplies, they brought themselves and stitched away. How cute is that?! 

Since I was inviting a few people who don't do a ton of crafting I wanted to make sure whatever craft I chose was accessible. You all know I've been obsessed with the thought of shibori dyeing lately, so I figured it was as good as any other bday party idea! As I posted about here, I ordered supplies and last weekend me and my friends got to folding, dipping, dyeing, and all sorts of fun!

Here's how it all turned out. 

Mixing up the dye vats! I did two 2 gallon vats instead of one 4 gallon vat so that people wouldn't be waiting forever to dye their bandanas. 

Mixing up the dye vats! I did two 2 gallon vats instead of one 4 gallon vat so that people wouldn't be waiting forever to dye their bandanas. 

My first piece, folded and clamped real tight. 

My first piece, folded and clamped real tight. 

Fresh outta the vat!

Fresh outta the vat!

We each had 4 bandanas to try so we all tried our hands at various resist techniques. 

We each had 4 bandanas to try so we all tried our hands at various resist techniques. 

It was so fun to watch everything oxidize! The dye starts of bright green and as it's exposed to oxygen, turns dark blue. #sciencerules

It was so fun to watch everything oxidize! The dye starts of bright green and as it's exposed to oxygen, turns dark blue. #sciencerules

The morning after the party there were some leftover bandanas, so I dyed those too :) 

The morning after the party there were some leftover bandanas, so I dyed those too :) 

The party was so fun and everyone's bandanas looked awesome! This was my first time to shibori dye and there are a few things I wish I had known ahead of time like...
1. All the tutorials online that say to keep your fabric submerged for 20+ minutes are ENTIRELY ACCURATE. The dye dries to a much lighter color than the color that it comes out of the vat as. My friends and I were all dipping for just a few minutes because the color was deceptively dark. After we rinsed and dried everything it was a lot lighter. The 2 that I dyed the next morning were submerged for 20 minutes and they stayed much darker after drying! 
2. Baby wipes are surprisingly effective at getting indigo dye off your skin!!
3. Clamp your pieces tight but not too tight. In that last photo, I had clamped my fabric very tightly and was hoping to get some really well-defined squares, but I had clamped it too tightly and ended up with a lot of white space. I still like how it turned out but I wanted some really crisp, dark indigo lines. C'est la vie! 
4. Rinse your pieces like there is no tomorrow. Get that water to turn clear, bb. I might've dyed the inside of my dryer slightly blue because I didn't rinse thoroughly #oops
5. You're gonna wanna dye EVERYTHING so be prepared for that. It's a lot of fun! 

Go forth and dye! 

shibori dreams

A couple of weeks ago I posted a shibori tutorial in my weekly link round-up. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it! I have gone into all-out research mode and have lots of shibori dreams and ideas. 

Here are some helpful links I have found along the way. Hopefully soon I will put all this knowledge to good use! 

How-tos:
How to indigo dye fabric. I like this post a lot because of the results they got with the various ways they folded and clamped the fabric. I also love the dip dye effect! 
Indigo dye day at Fancy Tiger Crafts. I love the indigo dyed yarn! I have a skein of some gorgeous teal yarn and I'm thinking about overdying it with indigo. 

Dyes:
I'm thinking this company's natural dyes are going to be my best bet. 

Things to dye:
Swaddle blankets...you know, to wear as scarves. But could also make for some excellent baby shower gifts. 
Bandanas! I found this website in my research and they have 100% cotton bandanas (and an organic option!) in the regular 22" square size but also in a 27" size which would be really nice. I really wanted to find bandanas that are made here in the USA, but after speaking with the BandanaMan, I found out that all the bandanas in the US are manufactured elsewhere. That made me sad but it also makes me feel less guilty about ordering some bandanas since I wouldn't be able to find any from the US. 

An essential:
I think The Modern Natural Dyer is going to be an essential in this whole process. Luckily I already own it! 

I'm thinking some shibori pillow cases would be cool too and some fabric to eventually piece together into a rad quilt! I think this will be the perfect summertime crafting!