DIY Shibori

Today marks HonestlyWTF’s four year anniversary. Four years! To celebrate, we’re revisiting the very first tutorial we ever featured on the site: shibori tie dye. Lauren and I first discovered shibori after discovering an old photo on the web. The idea of recreating an ancient Japanese dyeing technique inspired us to spend an entire weekend experimenting with our favorite deep blue, indigo. After dyeing just about every white article of clothing in sight, our blue stained fingers excitedly uploaded the tutorial – we couldn’t wait to share it with our 30 readers. And so began the ongoing series of tutorials and DIYs. We hope you enjoy the throwback, one of our favorites to date!

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You’ll need:

  • an indigo dye kit
  • natural fiber clothing or fabric
  • 2 5 gallon buckets
  • rubber gloves
  • small wood squares
  • rubber bands
  • twine
  • a PVC pipe
  • a long wooden stick
  • a drop cloth
  • rubber gloves
  • scissors

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Papel SF

It takes thirty five to eighty hours for Tiffanie Turner, of PapelSF, to layer over 1,000 crepe paper petals to create her life sized flowers, which range from 23″ -26″ in diameter. Her peonies, marigolds, asters, chrysanthemums, and dahlias part of an exhibition called “Heads” and are on display at Rare Device in San Francisco. She also teaches workshops in the area as well. And if you’re looking for a smaller scale paper flower tutorial, check out our own version

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