Create your own hand dyed tote bag, 4 easy shibori patterns | Christine Aseka | Skillshare

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Create your own hand dyed tote bag, 4 easy shibori patterns

teacher avatar Christine Aseka, textile dyeing and watercolor artist

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. introduction

    • 2. dyes and materials

    • 3. pattern 1

    • 4. pattern 2

    • 5. pattern 3

    • 6. pattern 4

    • 7. dyeing

    • 8. final steps

    • 9. project

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About This Class


Shibori, tie dye or batik (different names are used for the same technique in different countries) is an amazing technique to create colorful patterns on textiles.


In this class you will learn how to create four easy shibori patterns just with string. You will also learn about the different materials you need to make a dye bath to dye your bags. The dye I'm using in this class is Fiber Reactive Procion Dye by Dharma Trading.


By the end of the class you will be able to easily dye your own tote bags and enjoy the uplifting and fun process of playing with color on textiles.

This class is for beginners as well as for students who already have some experience in textile dyeing and may find a new approach.

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Christine Aseka

textile dyeing and watercolor artist


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1. introduction: Okay. Hi. I'm Christine, artist in nature Lover from Switzerland. So nice to see you in my Klaus. I'm going to show you how to create amazing toad backs with she Barre technique. You're going to learn step by step, how to create easy patterns just using strings. And that's how the finished backs will look like. I'll show you the different materials and equipment you need to die your backs. And I'll also talk about the two different dyes I use I've been doing She buried dying for almost 10 years and have gained a lot off experience. My textiles are sold on craft fairs and in my Etsy shop Children adults have come toe wyo workshops to create colorful backs and T shirts and to enjoy the process off dying, which is really a lot of fun for everyone. If you love colors and surprising results, you're in the right place, so let's get started and create some beautiful backs. 2. dyes and materials: for my work. I used to different dyes. Decker approaching, fiber active die. You have to see what you can get in your country. There are many different dies on the market, but make sure you can dissolve the dye in water toe. Have a die birth if you want to get similar results. Dick has a German brand. I started by using their card I because it's been well known here for a long time, deck has very easy to use. You just add sold and hot water and you convict the fabric for some minutes or longer, depending on the color you want took it. You can use it easily for multiple colors. The reason why I started to look for a different die is that it's not entirely colorful ist If you wash the textiles in the machine, they fade quickly. These are some examples died with Decca Kohler. I love to use this brand for smaller articles, which you can wash by hand. As you see, you can really play with colors here. The second brand I use is a U. S brand Brochin fiber reactive die from Dharma Trading. I leave the links to both brands in the project section approach, and I is a little bit more complicated to use, and you have to make sure to follow the instructions and letting the fabric soak for more than 30 minutes. It's practical for one or two colors and for law to text has, like T shirts or sweaters, which you don't want to wash my hand on. The good thing. This diet is really colorful, most for this protect. We use pros and I. Here are two examples. One is made with purple and the other with yellow and blue. As you can see, the colors are really vibrant and nice. No, let's go to the materials we need for our backs. Depending on the die you use, you may want to change some ingredients. First. You need your Culton backs. They should be prewashed. Then you need gloves. Something to cover the floor. Plastic buckets. I like to have a cloth or a tissue ready, then a whisk. A spoon. String scissors measuring cups. The die non yoed ized Salt soda ash. The ingredient in the wide back is called Yuria. It helps dissolve colors with red pigments. This list with the materials and equipment will also be ready for you as a PdF in the project section. Once we have everything ready, we can start with binding our backs. 3. pattern 1: This is our first back. You want to start by phoning the back toe, find the center like this, and then you take the string and you buying the string around this center several times and you make sure that it is tight enough. It should be very tight so that the color doesn't come through and you make a not too nuts . That's what I normally do. Then you continue by making a second circle. You put the string around it again as tightly as possible. As many times as you wish. It's up to you to decide how thick the line should be that you wanna have and you'll finish by making the nuts. No. Ah, third line that I'm gonna make for this back. It's up to you. How many times you want to put the string around it? How many lines you want to make? I choose to make three for this bag and then a bidet again. And that's it. And here you have your first pattern. 4. pattern 2: Let's go to the next pattern. First you folded like I do it here, and then you wrap the string around it in the same way as you did before, when you made the circles rapid around several times. Cut and find. And it must be tight again here as well. And then you continue with a second stripe. It's up to you. If you want to make two stripes, three strives, or even more, you can choose. You can create thinner lines or thicker lines just by binding, more or less string around the back. I made three stripes here, and here's another back with just two stripes. 5. pattern 3: this pattern here is really a free pattern. We let the color choose where it wants to go. To create this pattern, you crunched the back together and then you wrap the string around it several times to keep it all together. It's 6. pattern 4: for the last back. We create a pattern with some small circles. You choose the corner off the back and wrapped the string around to create a little circle . And then you choose another part off the back to make a second circle and to continue until you have as many circles as you wish. 7. dyeing: your backs are no ready, so let's prepare the dye. Beth. This is the basic recipe for four toed backs. It will be ready for you as a Pdf to download. I'll also leave a link to the Dharma Trading Site, where you can download a detailed instruction. Make sure to stir well until the salt is dissolved. Next step we take the dye and mix it with warm water against her. Well, then, at some more water and stir again. Now you can have to die to the salt water. No, let's get the backs. They should be wet so that the color can penetrate more easily. You see, the backs are already nicely died. Now we put them in a different bucket, and at the soda ash fixer, make sure to stir very well again. 8. final steps: our backs already. Hey, now we can rinse them with cold water and start toe. Open the strings. Be very careful not to cut into the fabric. This is the best part of the whole process. Now we see how the patterns have turned out. The colors will be much lighter once the backs are dry. Now watch the backs with a detergent by hand or in the machine to get rid off. Excess die as a lost step. You can Iran, the backs and Walla, They're ready. 9. project: So now that you know all the necessary steps to create your own hand, died back. I would love you to get some die, gather the equipment and start dying. It doesn't necessarily have to be a towed back. You can die anything you want. Please take pictures off the process and the final results and upload them toe the skill share side. I can't wait to see your creations. Also, don't hesitate to ask questions here on skill share or on my social media channels. Please keep in mind that colors with red pigments like brown, black and red needs special consideration. Thank you so much for watching and good luck with dying.