reverse tie-dye in the past and have wanted to try dyeing with Indigo in what seems like forever. So, with aspiration to create a new bedroom space and decor based around an Indigo, white and copper colour palette, now seemed like as good a time as any.
I picked up an Jacquard Indigo Tie Dye Kit from Amazon and this 100% cotton double duvet set from Ikea. When choosing your bedding, fabric or clothing to dye, you need to look out for all natural fibres, cotton, wool, silk and linen, for example. Pre-wash your item(s) before dyeing to remove any 'finishes' to the fabric and allow for shrinking.
The instructions that came with the kit was easy, most of the hard work had already been done. All I had to do was set up the dye vat and and follow each step. The hardest bit was deciding on which technique to use. I decided to use the shape resist technique Itajime. For this technique, fabric is laid in accordian folds and sandwhiched between two identically shaped and sized boards. This is then all held in place by clamps, string or rubber bands. When the fabric is dyed, the bound areas act as a resist meaning a fairly regular pattern is produced.
I folded my duvet cover and pillowcases using this technique, folding them into triangles and used rubber bands to hold the wooden triangular boards in place during the dyeing process.
So, now that I've tried it I can't wait to experiment more. It's such a versatile craft, there are so many options for creating different patterns and it's super easy with an almost instant reward. I'm pretty pleased with how my bedding turned out. The duvet cover was quite awkward to fold pecisely and it was quite bulky when folded, so was a little tricky to hold in place, but I got there in the end. You can see how the pattern and dye is more concentrated around the outer edges, where the middle has a softer blue hue and less pattern definition but I still think it works. Perhaps a larger sized triangle with less folds would produce more pattern definition?