In short, Shibori is an ancient Japanese technique of dying cloth fabrics while using a variety of binding methods to achieve a variety of patterns and effects. Indigo or purple root is the typical dying agent used which offers a rich, deep blue.
Believe it or not, at some point in time, most likely when we were kids we played with Shibori techniques. Ever heard of tie-dye? I often refer to Shibori as tie-dye for grown-ups. It’s really not that different. It’s a bit more simplified, in that we only use one color rather than several, and the patterns are more intentional and less random.
Think of it as a more artistic approach to your dying project.
So, why do I bring up Shibori? For starters, it’s quite popular right now. Just head over to Target and you’ll find a variety of Shibori inspired home decor pieces from wall art to throw pillows. It’s even on clothing!
Secondly, it’s such an easy look to achieve, you can literally do-it-yourself on salvaged material…think, old white cotton sheets, canvas drop cloth or linen and muslin. Refresh your curtains, stitch together a quick throw pillow or dye some plain cotton dish towels.
Feeling like purple root and indigo are hard to come by? I would never use those agents to dye my fabrics. There isn’t much room for error by way of spillage or clean-up as they seriously stain! But, Annie Sloan Paint works brilliantly to dye fabric and the prep and clean-up are a breeze.
If you’re itching to learn different Shibori techniques, we are offering a workshop during our DIY @ Dusk Summer Series. Just click here for more information and to sign-up. It’s a killer deal at just $45 for one person or $50 for two. So, bring a friend (and a bottle of wine with you)! All supplies are included and you will go home with your own tote-bag!