natural dyed fabric with onions

Natural Dyeing with Yellow Onion Skins Tutorial

I decided to venture into the world of natural dyeing!  I am starting with natural onion dyeing because it's easy and only called for a salt solution.  Most dyeing calls for chemicals, but there are ways to get natural colors without the chemicals. Onion skin dyeing is one of the easiest types of natural dyeing. 
HANDMADE PILLOWS FROM VINTAGE EMBROIDERED HUIPILES

HANDMADE PILLOWS FROM VINTAGE EMBROIDERED HUIPILES

I was gifted a number of vintage huipiles that were brought back from Guatemala.  They were incredibly beautiful and were covered with hand embroidery.  They were very old so some parts of them were very worn out.  So I decided to "upcycle" them and piece together the most fantastic parts of embroidery to make a pillow. 

SHIBORI SUPPLY LIST- COMPLETE LIST OF MATERIALS FOR SHIBORI DYEING

SHIBORI SUPPLY LIST- COMPLETE LIST OF MATERIALS FOR SHIBORI DYEING

I sat down and compiled a complete list for you to get started.  I've included links for everything- I also encourage you to look around your house for things you have.  

Ice Dyeing Procion Dye Color Combinations and Unboxing Video

Ice Dyeing Procion Dye Color Combinations and Unboxing Video

Procion dyes are fiber reactive dyes that are very vivid and you can get beautiful saturation.  You can use them for tie dye and ice dyeing.  I think it's really fun to play with color combinations and I especially love the neutral colors. 
How To Shibori- Beginner Bold Stripes Folding Technique

How To Shibori- Beginner Bold Stripes Folding Technique

This is a great EASY pattern that looks great on everything.  You will need tongue depressors, rubber bands and some cellulose fabric.  Cotton, Linen, Rayon work best.  
Pole Wrap Shibori- Arashi Variation

Pole Wrap Shibori- Arashi Variation

This pattern is really fun and very organic.  This is a take on Arashi Shibori.  Usually Arashi is a lot more neat and tidy, but I went with a more imperfect wrap.  This pattern reminds me of a geode or agate.  
How to mix a Pre-reduced Indigo Vat- Tutorial with Itajime Square Shibori Pattern

How to mix a Pre-reduced Indigo Vat- Tutorial with Itajime Square Shibori Pattern

I made this video a while ago and haven't posted it because I wasn't used to seeing myself on camera.  But I realize that being on camera is an opportunity for me to share my knowledge and gifts with the world.  I'm a creative and I always have been. 

Itajime Shibori Tutorial- Equilateral Triangle

Itajime Shibori Tutorial- Equilateral Triangle

This is one of my favorite patterns hands down! It's modern and geometric.  You can make it more white or more blue depending on the size of the fold.  I did this one with mostly white- I think it looks very understated and delicate.  Click for Supply List.

November 04, 2020 — Catherine Ruhl
SHIBORI REVEAL REEL

SHIBORI REVEAL REEL

 

We all know the most exciting part of the dyeing process or a dyeing workshop is the moment when you get to open it up! So I decided to compile a bunch of reveals into one video.  I think it's sort of relaxing to watch and can spark ideas for you.  Check it out and thanks for watching. xoxo

My Online Shibori Workshop:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shibori-indigo-tie-dye-for-beginners-virtual-workshop-tickets-104093582708

  

Quilted Shibori Wall Hanging

Quilted Shibori Wall Hanging

I was so excited when I was asked to make this large scale wall hanging!  My friend bought an apartment and wanted a big shibori piece for her living room.  I was given a lot of artistic freedom, which was so awesome!  I was honored that she asked me and I was excited to do some quilting!