Shibori is a method of resist dyeing that includes stitching, clamping and binding techniques.This Howto explains stitching techniques to create patterns and shapes, and then how to dye your fabric.

Technique Materials

Fabric made of cotton, linen or rayon

Pro MX dye powder- 2oz will dye 14 yds of muslin a medium shade.


Synthrapol, or a light soap,

Soda Ash – the dye activator,

5 gallon bucket or large stainless steel pot – not used for cooking!!

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    Sep 2, 2009, 04.44 PMby xmittens

    What a nice surprise! It’s great to see this shibori tutorial. Nui shibori is a great way to get a myriad of designs on cloth. The finished cloth in the tutorial is lovely.

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    Sep 2, 2009, 10.36 AMby sewverytall

    How interesting! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this before. I love to try new things. Thanks for posting this!

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    Sep 1, 2009, 10.57 PMby vburnett

    Beautiful patterns! Actually, Procion MX dyes are not terribly toxic. People can develop an allergic reaction to them if you breathe the powders a lot over time (easily prevented by wearing a facemask while mixing) butthey are actually safer than many “natural” dyes. Synthrapol can be troublesome, though.

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    Apr 29, 2009, 03.47 PMby majola

    Wow! That’s really beautiful! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much!

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    Jul 14, 2008, 09.05 PMby leftylaska

    That is amazing. I have been wanting to start dying my fabric. Now I have to start just to do this technique. Great!

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    Jul 1, 2008, 06.43 AMby mirela

    I’ve heard Cool Aid also can dye protein fabrics, never tried it though…

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    Jul 1, 2008, 06.42 AMby mirela

    Beautiful! I especially like the leaf and the wood like print.

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    Jun 25, 2008, 03.33 PMby miaka1991

    I love tie-dye. Shibori is gorgeous, epsecially pole shibori. Me and my fellow textiles students had troubles with the stitch resist shibori, the dye took to the fabric fast and flooded through. So i suggest a quick dip in the dye.

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    May 3, 2008, 09.13 AMby xlovexamour

    I really love shibori and have a great book that goes through all the various techniques in detail. It’s called …

    “Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing” By: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada

    I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in further exploration into the world of shibori!

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    Apr 21, 2008, 12.45 PMby nikky

    Great techniques, makes dyeing look really simple. Can’t wait to try this!

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    Apr 16, 2008, 01.45 PMby sicilia

    Excellent and – at least to me – unbelievable – so nice!

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    Apr 14, 2008, 02.03 PMby nora

    Excellent how to and nice pictures! We were planning to post a how to on tie dye, so no more need to do so! Thanks so much!

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    Apr 14, 2008, 06.52 AMby mmmrphs

    Thank you so much! I’m very keen to have a play with this. Wonderful how to.

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    Apr 13, 2008, 03.56 PMby nikkishell

    This is fantastic! I must try it but i won’t be using the toxic dye’s.

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