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Pull up the threads from their loose ends. I must stress this: use ALL of your might without breaking the threads to tighten up, scrunching your piece into a tiny, tight mass. Otherwise, the dye will be able to seep in and you won’t get a clear pattern. Tie the thread ends together in pairs, holding tightly. Be careful not to let it loosen up while tying.

Pull up the threads from their loose ends. I must stress this: use ALL of your might without breaking the threads to tighten up, scrunching your piece into a tiny, tight mass. Otherwise, the dye will be able to seep in and you won’t get a clear pattern. Tie the thread ends together in pairs, holding tightly. Be careful not to let it loosen up while tying.

small shop: indigo dyeing techniques, batik, tie dye, Japanese shibori, block print, John Robshaw, ikat, dip dye

small shop: indigo dyeing techniques, batik, tie dye, Japanese shibori, block print, John Robshaw, ikat, dip dye

I love Shibori because the outcome can often be unpredictable but always beautiful and dynamic.

I love Shibori because the outcome can often be unpredictable but always beautiful and dynamic.

Yoruba cloth - painted with cassava starch, then let it dry. It resisted the indigo, much like wax does.

Yoruba cloth - painted with cassava starch, then let it dry. It resisted the indigo, much like wax does.

YOUR KIDS WILL GO CRAZY OVER THIS!!! Make your own tie dye socks with Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye!.

YOUR KIDS WILL GO CRAZY OVER THIS!!! Make your own tie dye socks with Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye!.

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