Colorful Gifts - Create hand dyed pouches and bags with shibori technique | Christine Aseka | Skillshare

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Colorful Gifts - Create hand dyed pouches and bags with shibori technique

teacher avatar Christine Aseka, textile dyeing and watercolor artist

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. introduction

    • 2. materials

    • 3. tote bags

    • 4. giftbags

    • 5. pencilcases

    • 6. pouches

    • 7. project

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About This Class

Welcome to my class "Colorful Gifts", it makes me happy to share with you my second skillshare class about  textile dyeing.

This class is about learning easy techniques to create colorful little hand-dyed pouches and bags. Dyeing fabric by hand is a joyful activity for children and adults.


Get surprised by the beautiful patterns you discover when opening your textiles after the dyeing process.


If you're looking for ideas to create handmade gifts this class is perfect for you.

Beginners and persons with experience in textile dyeing can both find inspiration and learn new skills by watching the class. I'll guide you through the process of dyeing little pouches, tote bags, giftbags and pencil cases, so, that by the end of the class you know how to dye your own products.


When purchasing products, consider that the dyeables we use in this class are made of cotton.

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Christine Aseka

textile dyeing and watercolor artist


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1. introduction: Hi, I'm Christine are distant nature lover from Switzerland. Welcome to buy clothes and go to show you how you can create lovely hand dyed pouches and backs, which you can use as a gift for family or friends or just keep for yourself. I'll show you how to create patterns with one color like this one here and also patterns with multiple colors like this one. 2. materials: the materials you need for this class are a spoon, a whisk. Rubber bands string some smaller buckets, hot water die. And with this die, I need sold as well. If you use a different die, you might need other supplements. Rubber gloves on the textiles. I want to die. These are the textiles are used for this class, some little pouches which conserve as key holders or purses, gift backs, pencil cases and small tote backs. It's important that you use text has made off Colton. The dye, which I use for this class, is Decca, a German brand. I don't use it for T shirts so much anymore because some colors conf aid quite easily. But for backs and poaches, it's perfect because it's very easy to use, and it's great if you want to play with different colors together. 3. tote bags: in this first lesson, I'm going to show you how you can die. The little toad backs for the first pattern. You just scrunch up the back and fix it with rubber bands. Or you can also use strings as you like. Now I'm going to do some kind of stripes I folded vertically and bind it with string. If you want to learn more in depth about thes patterns, please check out my class cold. Create your own hand. I towed back four Easy she berry patterns. There you can learn how I do it. Time to mix the die. This process is quite easy with the die I used in this class. I pour a little bit off salt and then a little bit off the dye powder. Here I choose a turquoise blue Gloves are important, too now the hot water. And then I started very well until the powder and sold are dissolved. That's very important now. The second color, it's a bright yellow again, the salt on the hot water. It's too concentrated, so I add some more water to get a lighter tone. And now I deep the back into the day birth. The other tote goes into the blue dye, also leaving part off it outside the birth. After a while, off soaking, I took the yellow back, pressed out the day a little bit and put the other half in the the turquoise Die. The turquoise back ended up in a darker blue. Here's the yellow and turquoise back again. The colors look good to me. I need to rinse and then I want to open it up. And that's the result. Here's a picture off the two finished backs. The colors are always less saturated. When the fabric is dry, you cannot really see the stripes on the yellow tote, but the string helped separate the colors. That was the main purpose. I'm OK with the lightness off the colors, and the blue one seems OK to me, too. 4. giftbags : Now let's move on to the gift bags. I have small cotton gift backs here. I start by folding the 1st 1 accordion like to create a stripe in the middle. It's important to bind it tightly. Otherwise you won't see a good result Where the next one, I want to create two stripes next to each other. That's it. Now some backs that are just scrunched up. This time I take a rubber band to fix it, but strings work equally will. Let's move on to the dying process again. I take some off the dye powder, a burgundy color. This time I add some salt and hot water, now stirring to dissolve everything. Let's make a test with a piece of fabric. Yes, it looks good dipping one off my gift bags. I don't want to have the color all over the back, so I lean it on the side. Off the plus tea cup. The back with a single stripe goes into the turquoise Kohler. It's important to have just a small amount off die and water to create these designs. So now I have several backs in three different dye. Bath is turquoise, burgundy and pink and I let them soak for a while until I'm happy with the intensity off the color. Okay, let's see how the burgundy one looks like. I rented a bit and clear water. Now I can take off the rubber band. Oh, it's not very much off a contrast to see, So I decided to fold it again and continue with the next color. It goes into the turquoise bath in the background. You see one that has been in two colors already. Now the pink one. Let's see what it looks like. Yes, that's more what I wanted. I love this one now. Time to open the burgundy one with turquoise blue on top. Yes, that looks nice. Let's open the one with a single stripe, raising a bit. Okay, no much of a stripe to see, but I love the Grady int as if it in a yellow color, as you'll see later. Now, one that was in yellow before it goes into a burgundy bath. But I have to make it a little bit more intense. Here are two backs sitting in dark blue. Let's see the results here. You can see the finished bags dried and Ireland. The tour poise one combined with yellow, the one with two stripes and then to his crunched ones. As every color reacts differently, you never know how exactly the pattern will turn out. For example, the blue and the pink one look very different, although the pattern is more or less the same. And here are the next three finished backs a turquoise one with a little bit off burgundy, the burgundy one with additional turquoise, which turned Maurin toe a blue purple on the yellow, one with additional burgundy. 5. pencilcases: next we have the pencil cases. The ones that I have are very nice made off story. Colton. Let's make our first pattern. I folded accordion like and bind it through the middle asked. The fabric is dirty. It's a bit more difficult to create patterns, but I also like the different way the patterns look when using this fabric. The possibilities are also a bit limited due to the thickness and the shape off the pouch. Now, another pattern that looks nice on this pouch. I choose the center off the pouch on the bottom, and I bind the strings around this center to create a circle. You have to open the pouch to be able to do this. The first line is done now. I buy into the second time, and that's it. The pouch is soaking and pink dye. Now I take it out and put it in a different color. For the upper part. I choose the burgundy bath. You see, I'm not wearing both gloves because off the filming, but you should definitely wear gloves. With this pencil case, it's a little bit harder to bring the fabric under the die so that it can soak it up. It looks quite decent. Now. Color has penetrated the thick fabric. The second pouch is sitting in the turquoise bath. Now it goes in a dark blue. Here you can see the finished pencil cases. The circles on the red one are not very much defined because off the thickness off the fabric. But I still love this pattern on the blue one is a pattern I really love for pencil cases. 6. pouches: the last items I'm going to die for this class are these little pouches which are key chain holders and can be used for many different purposes. Again, I'm creating one with a stripe in the middle. You know, by now how this works. The 2nd 1 is again a random pattern, just the tissues crunched up and fixed with a rubber band in the dye bath you can now see to with a single stripe. And here I've died a scrunched one with turquoise and yellow. But I'm not happy with the result, so I'm going to put it in 1/3 color. I scrunch it up again and fix it with rubber bands. This time it goes in a dark blue. This will create a nice contrast. The turquoise one goes in dark blue as well, and the red one sits in the yellow dye. And here are the results. The two with one stripe look very different. The stripe didn't really show on the blue one, but on the red yellow one. And I like how the two scrunched ones turned out 7. project: so now to the project. As you can guess, your project for this class is to die something with one or two colors. You can die a little back or pouch like I did or use the technique for larger textiles. Just try to create a pattern and play with different colors. Please take pictures off the process and the finished pieces and upload them in the project section. Thank you so much for watching my class and have fun, creating your own colorful backs and poaches.