Tagged: Shibori



Yesterday was spent teaching a group of friends (I’m a rep for Charlie’s class) how to shibori tie-dye. It’s something I love to do with its heady mixture of deep indigo, spontaneity, freedom and promise.



I’ve posted about it before (here) but this year was a little bit different/lessons learnt – the scarfs are longer (2m – possibly the perfect length) and the dye is a new one: If you’re making a large dye bath with the more commonly used Dylon, it’s hard to keep the solution warm so I went for a procion dye that works with cold water (it’s the dye they use for batik dying) and it produced excellent results.  If you want more info on dyes and techniques, check out this website  (makes me wish I lived in Bognor)..this is a brilliant craft for kids in the summer..and imagine on duvet covers, sheets..or even larger pieces of furniture! Bella spent her evening after school dying..socks!


Gloves are always useful..


This may be old school..but it’s still the best.

Laters, Kate x

The Underworld x


The hunt for the perfect wallpaper goes on.  One group of designs that would’ve be way off the radar a few years ago but are ticking the boxes now are the tie-dye patterns.


There’s something about the way they repeat that looks so natural and realistic..as if they’re not repeating at all.  Which, let’s face it,  has to be a good thing…


Or maybe it’s the memories of a happy summer’s day in the garden.


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(All pics Pinterest)

They’re probably more suited to a bathroom or bedroom than a cellar…but there’s just something about them..

Laters, Kate x

Stunning Shibori..


(From Fausto Puglisi Resort 2015)

There’s a quiet revolution happening which originally had it’s routes in Japanese culture but for me will always sing of the seventies: Shibori tie dying.. fausto-puglisi-resort-2015-runway-22_190041947072

(From Fausto Puglisi Resort 2015)

But now it’s far removed from flower garlands and hippy communes and is steadily seeping it’s way onto the catwalk..


(From Fausto Puglisi Resort 2015)


 Even Michael Kors Resort 2015 can’t resist..


From MiH jeans who have a particularly fine range this season all in glorious indigos.

But the joy is this is something that anyone can do  – especially with inspiration and advice available all over the web:

I love this video..I want to be there and play!

shibori30 One of the best written tutorials I’ve found is this one from Honestlywtf, making all sorts of shapes and techniques look utterly effortless and astonishingly beautiful..imagine these as individual napkins on a summer table… denimtiedye81

Or doing these techniques on a dark denim shirt with bleach instead of dye?? And I’ve just looked….and Honesltywtf have a tutorial for that as well!

Suddenly I really, really want to get my hands dirty….

Laters, Kate x