I have recently fallen in love with Shibori. If you don’t know what that is, to put it simply, it’s a form of tie-dye. The difference being, Shibori technically uses real indigo dye to create the designs on the fabric.
I bought an indigo kit online which made the process much easier. It came with all the items you will need to create the Shibori effect!
With Shibori there are a lot of different ways to fold, tie, and secure your fabric to create different designs.
The basic idea is to fold your fabric, securing it with rubber bands or twine.
Then, you dip your tied fabric in indigo dye and let it oxidize.
Once complete, undo the folds, and rinse it out well. You are left with fabric that has really awesome designs.
I was really thrilled with the how my Shibori dropcloth turned out. It was a simple pattern that did not overtake the entire fabric and it was muted enough to work well with my home décor.
If you want to read more about the Shibori dying process you can see the whole tutorial here.
I have previously made pillows with my fabric but really wanted to make a DIY Shibori wall hanging. It’s another great way to add some color and pattern into your home, and a very easy DIY project.
All you will need for this project is:
- Shibori cloth
- Dowel or rod (I used a copper rod we had laying around)
- Hot glue gun
I really love the frayed edges on unfinished fabric and wanted to keep that look for my wall hanging. I clipped the edge of the fabric and tore it straight down. This will give you a straight cut and also add that frayed edge. I did this to all sides and made it a rectangular shape. If you don’t like the unfinished look, you can hem the edges but that will take just a little bit more time and skill.
Next, I laid the fabric down and set the copper rod at the top where I wanted it to hang from. I folded the fabric over the rod and checked to make sure everything was straight and even.
Now, take your hot glue gun and run a bead of glue on one side of the fabric. Fold the fabric back over and secure it to the glue. This creates a pocket for the dowel or rod to sit.
Now take some twine or rope and tie it to one end of the dowel or rod. Pull the rope up to create a triangle shape. You want to do this so that the rope can hang nicely. I like mine to pull about 5 inches from the dowel.
Tie the rope to the other end of the dowel and cut the excess rope.
Now you are ready to hang it!
The process couldn’t be simpler. There are so many options for this DIY project – I hope you’ll try it out and give your home some color!