How to tie-dye with the shibori tie-dye technique using metal clips
How to do it
Fold the fabric vertically in a concertina fashion, making four vertical sections. Fold horizontally in the same fashion, ending up with a small square.
Place a stiff 9 x 9 cm piece of card (same size as the fabric square) on top of and underneath your fabric square and secure with four large metal clips; one on each side. The thicker the card, the lighter the colour of the fabric after dying. A tip: re-use the sides of a clean milk or juice carton or use 2-3 layers of old post cards or a piece of wood.
Cover the table surface with plastic and use disposable plastic gloves. Dissolve 0.5 kg fine kitchen salt in 1 l boiling water in a tub.
Pour another 4 l of water into the tub so that the final temperature is between 30°C and 60°C. The warmer the water, the darker the colour. The colder the water, the lighter the colour. Add 50 ml fabric dye to the tub and 100 g fixing agent. Stir until the fixing agent is dissolved.
Place the folded fabric square in the dye bath and leave for 10-20 minutes. The longer you leave it in the dye bath, the darker and more intense the colour. The shorter you leave it in the dye bath, the lighter the colour.
Remove the fabric square from the dye bath and remove the metal clips and the card.
Rinse several times in cold water until the water is clean. Then wash the fabric in the washing machine with washing detergent at 40°C.
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