Try out this modern version of a traditional Japanese dye technique. Nui Shibori uses long running stitches that pull and gather the fabric. These stitches act as a resist to create beautiful dye patterns.
Step 1:- For best results, prewash and dry T-shirt to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
- Cover table with plastic sheet or tablecloth.
- Draw a chalk line 2 ½” – 3” from each side of the shirt, curving it through the sleeve area to the sleeve hem, as shown.
Step 2:- Using heavyweight thread, sew a ½” running stitch through both layers of the shirt along the chalk lines.
Step 3:- Pull the thread tight to gather the fabric along both sides and wrap two rubber bands tightly over the gathered lines of stitching.
- Dip shirt in water and squeeze out excess water. Set aside.
Preparing Rit® Dye
- Heat water in the microwave to be sure it is very hot, at least 140º F.
- Wearing rubber gloves, measure and mix dye in disposable containers in the following amounts. Stir well.
¼ cup Teal Liquid Dye with 2 cups hot water
½ cup Fuchsia Liquid Dye with 2 cups hot water
- Wearing rubber gloves, immerse wet T-shirt in Teal dye. Push down on shirt with spoon or rubber gloves to be sure dye penetrates fabric. Then remove shirt and squeeze out excess Teal dye.
- Dip gathered sides of shirt in Fuchsia dye. Squeeze out excess dye.
- Place shirt in shallow dish and cover with plastic wrap. Cover bottom of microwave with paper towels.
- Place plastic-wrapped dish with shirt in microwave and set on High for 2 minutes. Wear rubber gloves or use a pot holder to remove from microwave. Remove plastic wrap. Allow fabric and wrap to cool.
- Remove rubber bands and thread. Rinse shirt under cool running water until water runs clear. Then wash with warm water and detergent; rinse and dry.