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DIY SHIBURI WITH ERIN!

DIY SHIBURI WITH ERIN!

My love for tie dye started long ago when I fell in love with the Japanese dye technique, shiburi. I have always loved the color of natural indigo which is traditionally used for shiburi so the combination of the color and the art of creating shapes really spoke to me. I’m going to show you some really simple and fun designs, but shiburi can also be so intricate when sewn with a needle. It’s a truly beautiful art form.

My love for tie dye started long ago when I fell in love with the Japanese dye technique, shiburi. I have always loved the color of natural indigo which is traditionally used for shiburi so the combination of the color and the art of creating shapes really spoke to me. I’m going to show you some really simple and fun designs, but shiburi can also be so intricate when sewn with a needle. It’s a truly beautiful art form.

STEP ONE

Buy your shiburi. You can find it at your local art store or online for about $10. The kit will include one pair of rubber gloves or you can use reusable plastic cleaning gloves. It will also have some rubber bands, but I recommend having more on hand or even some twine and other things to tie with.

STEP TWO

Gather white things to dye. I love to dye my stained tees, my sons stained clothes, baby clothes to give as gifts, socks, dinner napkins, dishtowels, pillow cases, and I'm even in the process of making curtains for our office. *Note: make sure everything is 100% cotton.

STEP ONE

Buy your shiburi. You can find it at your local art store or online for about $10. The kit will include one pair of rubber gloves or you can use reusable plastic cleaning gloves. It will also have some rubber bands, but I recommend having more on hand or even some twine and other things to tie with.

STEP TWO

Gather white things to dye. I love to dye my stained tees, my sons stained clothes, baby clothes to give as gifts, socks, dinner napkins, dishtowels, pillow cases, and I'm even in the process of making curtains for our office. *Note: make sure everything is 100% cotton.

STEP THREE

Pour the contents of the indigo kit into a large bucket or storage container (when you shiburi, this is called your vat). Follow instructions in the kit. Before tying, get everything wet in water. Then it's time to start tying. Tie a bunch and then drop them into the dye vat. Leave for about 20 minutes. When you pull each piece out you may see some neon green spots that are part of the oxidation process. Eventually everything will turn a deep indigo blue. Let pieces sit for 10-15 minutes and then remove rubber bands / twine with scissors.

STEP FOUR

I leave everything laying on a large tarp overnight and then I rinse everything in my sink with some natural light soap and about a cup of white vinegar which helps set the dye.

STEP FIVE

Machine wash and hang dry and voila!

STEP THREE

Pour the contents of the indigo kit into a large bucket or storage container (when you shiburi, this is called your vat). Follow instructions in the kit. Before tying, get everything wet in water. Then it's time to start tying. Tie a bunch and then drop them into the dye vat. Leave for about 20 minutes. When you pull each piece out you may see some neon green spots that are part of the oxidation process. Eventually everything will turn a deep indigo blue. Let pieces sit for 10-15 minutes and then remove rubber bands / twine with scissors.

STEP FOUR

I leave everything laying on a large tarp overnight and then I rinse everything in my sink with some natural light soap and about a cup of white vinegar which helps set the dye.

STEP FIVE

Machine wash and hang dry and voila!

I love to shiburi before the holidays because I love to give handmade gifts. This is also a really fun project to do during Covid. I hope some of you feel inspired to try it. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
Lots of love,
Erin 

I love to shiburi before the holidays because I love to give handmade gifts. This is also a really fun project to do during Covid. I hope some of you feel inspired to try it. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Lots of love,
Erin 

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