I had a little fun with some Shibori dyeing this week. Shibori is a Japanese term for dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, or twisting. I was introduced to this method in these video. Instead of just dyeing fabric I bought a few white T-shirts to try.
The video demostrates this method with rope but I didn't have any on hand so used PVC pipe for my first try. First I washed my shirt in T.N.A. soap and then soaked my shirt in a Soda Ash solution to prepare it for the dye. Next I layed out a garbage bag and layed out the damp shirt and rolled it on the PVC pipe.
I poured the colors on the shirt one at a time from the top of the shirt down, overlaping the dyes to blend the colors. I liked the pipe as I was able to keep the shirt out of the extra dye by resting it on the sides of the container.
I rinsed the shirt in T.N.A. soap and then in Raycafix to set the dye. Then a trip to the washing machine and dryer.
The wasn't happy with the fact the elastics left white lines on the shirt and I thought I would look for a smaller diameter pipe as well. But overall I was very pleased with the results.
So for my second attempt I found a wooden dowel and covered it with foam pipe wrap to create a smaller diameter to roll the shirt on. I also used string instead of elastic to tie the shirts on the poles.
There were no lines from the strings this time, yah! I think I will try the rope next time to see if I get more texture and use a bit more dye to brighten up the colors. Looks like I have something to wear next time I feel like dyeing :)