Shibori Tie Dye Folding Techniques

Earlier this week I shared with you my fun with Shibori tie dying and promised I would show you how I created each design …so here we go

Quarters

Place quarters in lines on your fabric and secure in place with elastic bands

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Golf Balls

Secure golf balls on your fabric with big fat elastic bands

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String Gathers

Gather sections of fabric- you can mark them with pins to get a more uniform pattern and make little towers about an inch tall. Wrap these towers with string.

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A Big Circle

A single golf ball in the center of the fabric gathered together with a few spaced out elastic bands

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Accordion Fold

Fold your fabric like a fan and secure with elastic bands spaces a few inches apart.

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or create loops in the accordion stack

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Side Circle

Pinch up a area of your fabric offset from the center. Secure with string and twist the rest of the fabric into a sausage shape and wrap with string

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Triangles

Accordion fold your fabric so you have about 3″ folds. The fold your “folded fan” into triangles. Secure with elastic bands

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Squares

Accordion fold your fabric so you end up with a 4″ wide stack. The accordion fold your stack. Add a piece if wood to both sides and secure with elastic bands.

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Tacked Circles

Create simple folds on your fabric and tack a semi circle pattern. Once you have all you fabric stitched pull your threads tight to bunch up the fabric

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Stitched Lines

Tack some simple lines and pull stitches together to bunch up the fabric.

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Cyclinder

Fold then wrap your fabric around a cylindrical object.

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Pegs

Create a single fold in your fabric and pin wooden pegs along the edges

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Or on wider fabric try accordion folding on wider fabrics

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Or a simple triangular fold and pegs along all the edges produces stunning results.

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I found this whole process very addictive and it was hard to hold myself back from dying anything I could find in my house!

Oh and by the way if you are looking for an interesting use of all those blue clothes pins that are a happy by-product of this project, then take a look at this idea

decorated clothes pins

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

15 thoughts on “Shibori Tie Dye Folding Techniques

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  2. I adore your finished results!! Especially the last one with the triangular fold and pegs along all the edges. I’m going to dip dye a satchel sling purse today in three colors to get a graduated ombre result. I love to sew and have tons of white crinkle gauze fabric that I need to make things from so I think I’ll try a few of these lovely ideas you’ve so kindly shared. I’m subbing to your newsletter so I see other great tutorials flow through to view and enjoy. Thanks and enjoy your Summer.

    1. Thanks Julie … I love the peg one too, the whole process was so addictive. I’d love to see some photos of your projects.

  3. I always wanted to know more folding technique in shibori dyeing and you just gave me the inspiration to be more creative. Did you use cotton fabric in dyeing or can silk fabric also be use with acrylic paint.

  4. I love this tutorial. How much did you dilute the acrylic paint? Did it stiffen the fabric? I am excited to try all the different folds! Thank so much
    Judy

  5. Thank you for your tutorial ! Yogainu give inspiration !
    Could you please tell me what kind of string do you use ?
    Natural string or synthetic string ?

    Thanx again

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