Nicole™ Crafts Shibori Scarf

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by Angela Son, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Nicole™ Crafts Shibori Scarf

Today’'s bright, colorful, psychedelic tie-dye has its roots in the ancient Japanese art of shibori. As early as the 8th century, textile makers would fold and bind fabrics before dying them, most typically using indigo dye. We used a folded and bound pattern to create a geometric design for this scarf, but traditional shibori takes many forms, including circular, pleated, free-form and shaped designs. Once you have a feel for the indigo dye, try using different binding techniques to experiment with pattern. The monochrome of the indigo dye gives your shibori pieces a very polished and sophisticated elegance!

Project Details

  • Level:kid + adult
  • Time:few hours+dry time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Set Up the Indigo Vat: Fill the five-gallon bucket with four gallons of warm tap water. Empty the indigo dye, soda ash, and reduction agent (thiox or hydrosulfate) into the water. Stir until dissolved. Stir the vat in a one direction circular motion. Reverse the direction of the stirring as you drag the stir stick along the outer edge of the vat before slowly removing it. Cover the vat with a lid and allow to settle while you tie up your fabric (about fifteen minutes to a half hour). The liquid will become a Yellow-Green color.
  • 2
    Dye: Fold, tie or bind your garment or fiber. There is plenty of dye in your vat if you want to experiment on some pieces first. Wet your fabric thoroughly and squeeze out excess water. Remove the cover from the vat. Wearing gloves, either push the "“flower”" or foam on the top to the side, scoop out and set aside. Do not discard! While squeezing out excess water and air out of your fabric, slowly submerge your piece into the dye vat. Once submerged gently, manipulate the piece for one to several minutes. As you remove the piece from the vat it will slowly begin to turn Blue as the oxygen in the air hits it. Let oxidize for about 20 minutes.
  • 3
    Repeat the submerging process until you get the desired shade of Blue.
  • 4
    Finish: When you are happy with the color, rinse, untie and wash scarf with a mild detergent and warm water. When you are done, gently put the “"flower"” back if you removed it. Gently stir the vat as before in a circular motion. Place the lid back onto the vat. The vat will keep for several days and you will be able to dye several times. When you are ready to dispose of the vat (it is safe), empty contents down the drain. Clean up bucket and utensils with a powdered cleanser or soap.
  • 5
    Tip: Please refer to the instructions in the dye kit for more information and inspiration!

Project Details

  • Level:kid + adult
  • Time:few hours+dry time

Project Supplies

  • •Carolina Manufacturing 100% Untreated Cotton Scarf
  • •Jacquard Indigo Tie Dye Kit
  • •Five Gallon Bucket with Lid & Stick for Stirring, Mild Detergent & Powdered Cleanser or Soap