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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 Kanoko pattern, pinch the center portion of the fabric and hold it in the air, letting the 4 corners drop.
  6. About ½” from the pinched center, wrap fabric tightly with a rubber band.
  7. Continue by wrapping twine in a crisscross pattern down the length of the fabric. Pattern will vary based on the spacing and wrapping of the twine.
  8. Fill a plastic container or stainless steel sink with two 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  11. As a general guideline, one liquid bottle or two powder packages dyes up to two pounds of dry fabric.
  12. Wearing rubber gloves, add well-shaken dye or powder package(s) to dyebath.
  13. Add fabric to dyebath. For a high contrast pattern, keep the fabric in the dyebath for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the wrapped part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, leave the fabric set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes.
  14. When desired color is achieved, remove wrapped fabric from the dyebath. Do not remove twine. 
  15. 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.
  16. Rinse in cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  17. Carefully remove twine and unfold the fabric.
  18. 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 Kanoko pattern, pinch the center portion of the fabric and hold it in the air, letting the 4 corners drop.
  6. About ½” from the pinched center, wrap fabric tightly with a rubber band.
  7. Continue by wrapping twine in a crisscross pattern down the length of the fabric. Pattern will vary based on the spacing and wrapping of the twine.
  8. Fill a stainless steel pot with three gallons of hot water.
  9. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  10. 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.
  11. Cover pot and heat water on stove top to just below boiling (or 180 F°).
  12. Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to insulate them when working with hot water.
  13. When water begins to simmer, add well-shaken dye and mix well.
  14. Add fabric to dyebath. For a high contrast pattern, keep the fabric in the dyebath for about 3 to 5 minutes to keep the wrapped part dye-free. For more color and less white areas, leave the fabric set in the dyebath for 10 to 20 minutes. Time in dyebath needs to be increased if dyeing 100% polyester.
  15. When desired color is achieved, remove wrapped fabric from the dyebath.
  16. Rinse in warm water and then gradually cool water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  17. Carefully remove twine and unfold the fabric.
  18. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
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