DIY Shibori

Hey everyone! So excited to share with you our first #MOGBLOGDIY.

Today, I'll be showing you how to Shibori - or, japanese tye dye - your fabrics: clothes, curtains, placemats, even duvet covers! 

Shibori has been around for centuries, and has been gaining popularity on the fashion scene in recent years. And its no question why, something about the stark contrast of crisp white and deep indigo just oozes cool-kid chic. The problem is, in order to be done properly, the technique requires handmade precision...and that kind of craftsmanship comes at a price. But if you're willing to put in the elbow grease, the payoff is totally worth it.

Recently, you may have seen my venice beach photoshoot with my dear friend Casey Layne. For this shoot, we shibori-ed her short suit. Starting with some white pieces I found at the local thrift, I gathered my supplies and got to work. Check below for a step-by-step guide on my process.

THE PROCESS (From top, left to right)

Start with your textile. Plain fabric yardage, a tee shirt, dress, pillowcase - anything! Make sure it is prewashed and clean.

Next, identify the fiber content of that textile. Different textiles respond better to certain dyes. Your fabric/craft store will have multiple options suited to whichever you are working with. I was working with blended fiber textiles, so I used Rit dye - Rit is a union dye (which means it is made up of many formulas of dye and is designed to work on a variety of fibers).

After you have purchased your dye, its time for the prep. This is the fun part. And it can be done in a number of ways, depending on the technique/pattern you want to achieve. If you want more rounded shapes, use rubber bands or twine to wrap sections of the fabric, which will resist the dye into oval/circular shapes. If you want a more linear shape, you can use binder clips or clothespins to pleat the fabric and hold it in place, causing a more geometric shape. Or, you can use a combination of the two - like I did on Casey's blazer here.

Put on your gloves (you'll thank me later...nobody wants smurf hands for days), and prepare your dye as it says on the package. Typically, this will mean getting really HOT water and stirring your dye in until it is integrated smoothly.

After that, put in your fabric, and stir stir stir! Give it a solid half hour or so, and then let it sit and brew for an additional hour. After that, pour your dye bath out and rinse your fabric until the water runs as close to clear as you can get it. (Note: this will take awhile. Don't panic. Be patient.)

Finally, un-clip/pin/fold your fabric, and let it hang to drip dry. Enjoy your new Shibori!

THERE YOU HAVE IT! If you've ever tried shibori, or if you plan to after this post - let me know! Send me a link, I'd love to see what you're working on!

Coming soon... how to get casey's dreamy beachy waves from our venice beach shoot in our sea salt spray diy.