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In the Studio with Steven Sabados: Shibori Dyeing

Steven shows us how to apply this beautiful and popular Japanese dyeing technique to everything from t-shirts to an arty statement piece for our homes.

Steven shows us how to apply this beautiful and popular Japanese dyeing technique.

If you've been yearning to unlock your inner artist or take advantage of the myriad positive effects of art therapy on your health and happiness, this is your chance to finally do it with the supremely creative Steven Sabados. In this new online series, In the Studio with Steven Sabados, follow along step-by-step as Steven teaches us simple ways to make incredible original art, DIY, fashion and home decor pieces that he's created.

We cannot get enough of shibori, the ancient Japanese dye technique that's gaining popularity everywhere. It's now appearing on fashion week runways and our favourite home decor stores. So naturally we jumped at the chance to learn how to achieve the look. Steven's showing us how to use it to upcycle our favourite basics or create an artful statement piece to hang on our walls. And don't be intimidated — his tips make shibori totally attainable.

Note: Since we're dealing with fabric dye, this project will get a little messy. Be sure to wear clothing you won't mind getting ink on and bring your laptop and supplies outside or into the garage with you before getting started.

Steven shows us how to apply this beautiful and popular Japanese dyeing technique to everything from t-shirts to an arty statement piece for our homes. 32:02

Here's what you'll need to follow along:

  • Bottles of liquid fabric dye in deep indigo or navy (can be found at art supply stores)
  • Powder fabric dye in deep indigo or navy (can be found at art supply stores)
  • Smooth river pebbles in varying sizes
  • Rubber bands in varying sizes
  • Cotton t-shirt (or any fabric you'd like to dye)
  • 2 wood clamps (can be found at hardware stores)
  • Small wooden blocks
  • Rubber gloves
  • Generous amount of coarse salt
  • 2 medium-sized plastic bins filled ¾ with water
  • Paintbrush
  • Garbage bags
  • 1 large plastic bin filled ¾ with water
  • Several large towels
  • Wooden stretcher frame (optional, can be found at art supply stores)
  • Stapler
  • Scissors

Be sure to share your finished shibori creations with us on our Facebook page so we can add them here!