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Important Notes

Instructions

  1. Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the fabric. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Prewash item in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Gather supplies. Shibori is traditionally done with Indio hues. Check out this blog post for multiple Indigo color formulas.
  3. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  4. Wet fabric.
  5. To create a traditional Arashi pattern, accordion fold or “fan fold” the length of the fabric in 3” to 4” wide folds. This will form a long rectangle. To get more pattern variations, vary the nze and width of the folds.
  6. After the fabric is folded into a long rectangle, secure one end of the fabric rectangle to a PVC pipe or pole with a rubber band.
  7. Then, wrap the fabric rectangle tightly around the pipe or pole without overlapping it.
  8. After the fabric has been wrapped all the way down the pipe or pole, secure the other end with a rubber band.
  9. Scrunch all the fabric very tightly back up to the top of the pipe or pole.
  10. Fill a plastic container or stainless steel sink with three gallons of hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath.
  11. To enhance the color: (1) add one cup of salt when dyeing fabrics containing cotton, rayon, ramie or linen; (2) add one cup of vinegar when dyeing fabrics containing nylon, silk or wool.
  12. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  13. As a general guideline, one liquid bottle or two powder packages dyes up to two pounds of dry fabric.
  14. Wearing rubber gloves, add well-shaken dye or powder package(s) to dyebath.
  15. Add wrapped fabric to dyebath. If the fabric on the pipe or pole is too long to fit in the dyebath, use a measuring cup to pour dye over the fabric. For a high contrast pattern, keep the wrapped fabric in the dye for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the wrapped part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, let the wrapped fabric set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.
  16. When desired color is achieved, remove wrapped fabric from the dyebath. Do not remove the fabric from the pipe or pole.
  17. We strongly recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing. It enhances the color, increases color retention and prevents dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow these instructions.
  18. Rinse in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  19. Carefully remove fabric from pipe or pole.
  20. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  1. Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the fabric. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Prewash item in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Gather supplies.
  3. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills.
  4. Wet fabric.
  5. To create a traditional Arashi pattern, accordion fold or “fan fold” the length of the fabric in 3” to 4” wide folds. This will form a long rectangle. To get more pattern variations, vary the nze and width of the folds.
  6. After the fabric is folded into a long rectangle, secure one end of the fabric rectangle to a PVC pipe or pole with a rubber band.
  7. Then, wrap the fabric rectangle tightly around the pipe or pole without overlapping it.
  8. After the fabric has been wrapped all the way down the pipe or pole, secure the other end with a rubber band.
  9. Scrunch all the fabric very tightly back up to the top of the pipe or pole.
  10. Fill a stainless steel pot with three gallons of hot water.
  11. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  12. As a general guideline, one bottle of Rit DyeMore will dye up to two pounds of dry fabric. If dyeing 100% polyester or trying to achieve a very bold color, double the dye quantity.
  13. Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (or 180 F°).
  14. Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to insulate them when working with hot water.
  15. When water begins to simmer, add well-shaken dye and mix well.
  16. Add wrapped fabric to dyebath. If the fabric on the pipe or pole is too long to fit in the dyebath, use a measuring cup to pour dye over the fabric. Please be careful because water is very hot. For a high contrast pattern, keep the wrapped fabric in the dye for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the wrapped part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, let the wrapped fabric set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.
  17. When desired color is achieved, remove wrapped fabric from the dyebath. Do not remove the fabric from the pipe or pole.
  18. Rinse in warm water and then gradually cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  19. Carefully remove fabric from pipe or pole.
  20. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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