Shibori: embellish fabrics using a simple tutorial with Supernaturelles

from Annalisa Chelli - 03/08/2020

#Wool gauze

Annalisa Chelli

Dyer, seamstress and passionate about textiles, Candice began her apprenticeship in the mist of the old fabrics of the family flea market in France. After training as a stylist, she is interested in and studies natural dyeing and linked the world of color to her knowledge of old canvases.

Several doors open! Botany, colorimetry, textile traditions from around the world. Today, she is the founder of the Supernaturelles Mark proposing an idea of the fashion that is closest to women and nature. She also organize workshop and seminars.


Shibori with indaco and wool gauze

Wool gauze raw white, 1.65 cm height and 1.70 lenght
Ready indigo vat – 15 liter
White vinegar

Natural Indigo - 75 g
Natural Indigo - 75 g
1 pc. € 37,60
Book: Indigo: The Colour that Changed the World
Indigo: The Colour that Changed the World
140 cm wide Wool Gauze
1 m € 27,31
€ 34,14
2 m € 53,54
€ 66,92
5 m € 131,11
€ 163,89
140 cm wide Wool Gauze
1 m € 27,31
€ 34,14
2 m € 53,54
€ 66,92
5 m € 131,11
€ 163,89

1 Turn the vat and wait until the surface becomes metalic again.

2 Set up your equipment.

3 Do a color test on a fabric sample.

4 Fold the fabric in half crosswise.

5 Fold a new strip of fabric across the width (about 11 cm). Continue with regular accordion style folds. You can get help using iron.

6 Place the chopsticks above and below the fabric. Tie very tightly on one side and the other.

7 Place the clothespins symmetrically (64 have been used in this example).

8 Soak for a few minutes in warm water.

9 Wring gently. Do not remove the sticks nor the clothpins.

10 Soak for one minute into the indigo vat. Take it off and wring again.

11 You get green/yellow color. Wait until the fabric gets completely into blue on contact with oxygen. Soak again two or three time for about 5 minutes.

12 After these steps, leave to turn it completely blue. Then immerse in cold water with white vinegar for 15/20 minutes. Rinse.

13 It’s now time to remove the sticks and the clothespins, time to discover the patterns !

14 Handwash carefully with gentle soap.

15 Let the fabric air dry and sheltered from the sun.

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