Shibori kids: and a book review

by kath_red on February 5, 2007

in Kids Crafts

The kids and I tried our hand at shibori t-shirt dyeing on the weekend. Inspired by Otilija’s school and a new book Shibori: A beginner’s guide to creating color and texture on fabric by Lynne Caldwell.

We looked through the book and found a few techniques that we thought were do-able for 4-6yr olds and that the kids liked the look of. We tried three different techniques mentioned in the book. Tieing marbles or other objects with rubber bands, wrapping with string and folding and clamping. We were all really impressed by the results and had a lot of fun doing it too. I purchased basic white t-shirts and singlets from Target and some blue fabric dye and got started.

This book is really great there were a couple of things about it I especially liked. Firstly there are lots of fabric samples of finished techniques and a description of how they achieved those results and the clear step by step instructions on some of the techniques was really helpful and well documented. The colour photographs are also extremely gorgeous and very inspiring.

So onto our weekend project.

With this shirt we used a combination of tieing foam balls around the neckline and folding and clamping the bottom and the sleeves.

On the singlet we used buttons around the base and the on the back and we did a string sausage on the front similar to Orlando’s shirt below

With Orlando’s shirt we found the centre and pulled it out then tied string around and around on the front and the back. We also used buttons tied with rubber bands on the sleeves.

Some online Shibori resources:

Shibori girl blog – lots of great images of work in progress, experimentation and finished shibori fabric : spirit cloth has been experimenting with Shibori with some beautiful results : entwinements has a lot of shibori design and a great tutorial on capped shibori technique :

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy February 5, 2007 at 10:12 am

The kids did a great job! I love the cami and Orlando’s T.

2 Vespabelle February 5, 2007 at 11:42 am

That looks really great.

3 Iona February 6, 2007 at 7:23 am

Thanks for this – I’ve been playing around with the idea of letting the kids loose on white t-shirts with fabric markers, and the shibori technique is another fun way to go. I like particularly the pattern and texture created with shibori.

4 Simmyb February 6, 2007 at 5:53 pm

The techniques you’ve done look great. Just wanted to mention that I’ve done a tutorial on tie-dyeing on my blog and have pics on how to so a spiral.

5 jude February 7, 2007 at 12:00 am

hey, tks for the mention and for keeping me inspired. Shibori Girls is a great inspiration to me, so dedicated to the process as well as the result. now i will plan to do some more experimenting over the weekend….

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