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Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Lesson 2 of 11

Creating the Dye Vats

Kaari Meng, French General

Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Kaari Meng, French General

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Lesson Info

2. Creating the Dye Vats

Lesson Info

Creating the Dye Vats

A few things you want to keep in mind if you're working with any sort of natural dies, you want to make sure to cover your surface completely, and you want to make sure that the tools that you're working with wouldn't necessarily be used again in the kitchen. So any tools that you worked with for your dive at should always be left separate and used on lee for your dive at. So I've got a three gallon bucket that I have filled with luke warm water, I've got my rubber gloves, I've got a stirring stick and then I've got the three elements that are going to make up the dive at so first we've got an indigo, and I'm using what I call a teaching in to go, which is a sixty percent reduced in to go, and this will allow us to make the end ago that, and then to use it within the hour. I'm also going to be using a little bit of the ox, and that will be the reducing agent and I'll be using some soda ash. The soda ash is used instead of a lie, which we don't want to use because that would be toxic in...

this vat, so with these three different elements, we'll be able to mix them in the water, then the vat will sit for approximately an hour. And after an hour we will test it on our fibers and make sure that it's ready to go okay, so to make up our indigo that I always wear rubber gloves because thie indigo can get all over everything and anything so here's our lukewarm water we're going to go ahead and at the end ago and since I'm working on a three gallon approximate three gallon water that our measurements will reflect this size so I'm adding five tablespoons I have been to go and I let that settle for a minute and then I'm going to go ahead and add four tablespoons of the theocracy and five tablespoons of the soda ash so once you've got your three elements into your bucket, you're going to take your stirring stick and you're going to slowly start stirring the sediment and try to get a good pace going here because really you want to mix all the elements so that they all dissolved in the water evenly and as you can see, I'm kind of circling right around the center and after I've got this motion going for a good minute I'm going to reverse the direction that I'm stirring and I'm going to drag the stick along the side of the bucket you got to keep it all in there and as I reverse the stick you can see that this very small flower bloom has kind of formed in the center and this is what you want. You want the indigo flower bloom to start growing. And this will be collecting all the oxygen, taking it out of the that. So now that we've made are going to go that we're going to cover this and let it sit for about an hour.

Class Description

Add a layer of sophistication to your Shibori dyeing projects with the help of Kaari Meng in Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing.

The Nui technique incorporates stitching into the Shibori process and adds incredible detail to your hand-dyed fabrics. In this intermediate class you’ll learn about:

  • Selecting the right fabrics for Nui and Batik dyeing
  • Stitching and preparing the fabric
  • Dipping, redipping, finishing, and rinsing the cloth

Kaari will also demonstrate the batik (wax resist) dyeing technique and show you how to apply the wax, dye the fabric, and remove the wax to achieve long-lasting color.

Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing will teach you how to create captivating designs in the signature, deep indigo color of Shibori.


Bonita Davis

The class was very enjoyable. Good for beginners or intermediate indigo dyers. I can hardly wait to try. Please do some more classes. Well worth the money. Highly recommend to anyone who loves Indigo.

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I love this class. What a wonderful and easy techniques, Only problem is streaming. this class stopped at least 20 times.


Great class, I look forward to trying Shibori techniques very soon.