23.03.2017.

DIY Shibory Dyeing 4 Ways

When I think of spring, I always think about colors and scents... crisp nights with a dark blue, starry sky and mornings full of light. It`s a perfect contrast of dark and light... deep blue and white, which I must admit is one of my favorite combination! This is why we are going to speak about Shibory dyeing today. 

Shubory is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns on fabric. There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for shibory, and each way results in very different patterns.
The idea of recreating an ancient Japanese dyeing technique inspired me to spend an entire day experimenting with my favorite deep blue, indigo. After dyeing just about every white article of clothing in sight 👀, I decided to share this tutorial with you, because Shibory is surprisingly easy (and very fun - if you don`t mind blue hands and a few stains in the kitchen) to DIY.  I will share more in my next post - Spring Home Tour! If you missed my tips for Easy Spring Home Makeover, you can find it here

Kada pomislim na proleće, uvek razmišljam o bojama i mirisima... sveže, hladne noći na tamnom, zvezdanim nebu i jutra puna svetlosti. Savršen kontrast svetlog i tamnog... indigo plava i bela, jedna o mojih omiljenih kombinacija. Zato danas pričamo o Shibori tehici. 

Shibori je Japanska tehnika bojenja tkanine tehnikom presavijanja i vezivanja čime se stvaraju neverovatne šare i dezeni. U skladu sa time da se tkanina može savijati, vezivati i uvrtati na mnogo načina, nebrojeno je i mnogo dezena, koji se ovom tehnikom mogu dobiti nakon bojenja.  
Ova ideja me je navela da provedem dobar deo popodneva u eksperimentisanju i bojenju u moju omiljenu tamno plavu nijansu, indigo. Nakon što sam obojila sve što sam našla belo u blizini 😉, odlučila sam da podelim sa vama ovaj tutorijal, jer Shibori je veoma jednostavna (i prilično zabavna - ako se izuzmu plave ruke i par fleka po kuhinji) "uradi sam" tehnika. U narednom postu - Prolećnoj turi kroz moj stan ćete videti kako sve ovo izgleda u mom domu! A ako ste propustili moje savete za Brzi Prolećni Makeover Doma, možete ga pogledati ovde.

You’ll need:

  • an indigo dye kit or fabric paint
  • natural fiber clothing or fabric
  • big gallon buckets
  • rubber gloves
  • 2 popsicle sticks
  • rubber bands
  • scissors
Materijal: 
  • indigo ili boja za tkaninu
  • tkanina od prirodnih vlakana (pamuk, svila itd.)
  • velika kofa ili šerpa
  • gumene rukavice
  • 2 drvena štapića
  • gumice
  • makaze
Start by mixing your indigo dye or fabric paint according to the package directions. You’ll need to fold and bind your fabric before proceeding with the dye; see below for several folding options. Once you’ve folded your fabric, it’s time to dye! First, soak your folded and bound fabric in water, then squeeze it out. Now, gently submerge your fabric in the dye. You can soak your fabric for almost any length of time (10-30 min.), or according to the package directions. 

If you are using indigo dye, when you remove your fabric from the indigo dye, let the fabric sit out in the air for a few minutes, and as it oxidizes, it will turn from green to the distinctive indigo blue. Once your piece has oxidized, all that’s left to do is rinse your fabric in water, squeeze it out, and let it dry and iron it to set the color.

Počnite pripremom indiga ili boje za tekstil prema uputstvu na pakovanju. Pre nego što počnete sa bojenjem, tkaninu morate saviti u željenom obliku. Nakon što se tkaninu savili, potopite je u hladnu vodu i pustite da se dobro skvasi. Ocedite višak vode i tkaninu ubacite u boju. U boji je možete držati koliko želite (od 10-30 min.) ili onoliko koliko piše na uputstvu. Ja sam koristila boju za tekstil (kupljenu u farbari) pa sam tkaninu kuvala oko 30-40 minuta na srednje jakoj temperaturi. 

Ako koristite indigo, nakon što izvadite tkaninu iz boje ona će biti zelena, pa se mora ostaviti na vazduhu nekoliko minuta da oksidira i dobije karakterističan, indigo ton. Nakon što ste tkaninu izvadili iz boje dobro je isperite, ostavite da se osuši i ispeglajte da se boja potpuno fiksira.

Tutorial:

1. To make an abstract ring pattern, simply wrap sections of the cloth over a found object, usually small stones or pebbles. Then the cloth is bound in very close sections with rubber bands. The result is a very specific circular spider-like design (I totally messed up this one, but it`s ok).

1. Da biste dobili apstraktne krugove, zamotajte male objekte u tkaninu  (ja sam koristila staklene ukrase koje sam imala pri ruci), učvrstite ih gumicom, koju treba obmotati što više puta da bi se dobila jasnija šara (tu sam načisto zabrljala jer sam obmotala samo tri puta pa šara nije došla do izražaja 👀).
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2. For the second technique, fold the fabric like an accordion. Then fold it again in a triangle shape. Fold the first triangle upwards, next one underneath continuing until the end of the fabric. Then add 2 popsicles on each side of triangle and secure them with rubber bands.

2. Za drugi dezen presavijte tkaninu kao kada pravite lepezu. Zatim napravite sa gornje strane jedan trougao, potom isti takav sa donje strane i tako do kraja tkanine - lepeze. Drvene štapiće stavite odozgo i odozdo i učvrstite gumicama.
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3. Next technique is really easy and involves tying fabric (in this case using rubber bands) in areas where you would like the dye to be resisted. 

3. Treći dezen je jednostavan i sastoji se u vezivanju tkanine gumicama. Raširite tkaninu, uhvatite je u sredini i podignite. Vezujte gumice u razmaku koji vam se čini zanimljiv, imajući u vidu da će tkanina ostati svetlija ili bela tamo gde se gumice nalaze.
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4. For the forth technique, fold the fabric like an accordion and tie fabric using rubber bands in areas where you would like the dye to be resisted. It will end up making squares on the fabric.

4. Za četvrtu tehinku, ponovo napravite lepezu i vežite je gumicama u pravilnim razmacima. Na ovaj način će nastati kvadratna šara na tkanini.
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Lastly I did an ombre effect on this scarf. I put a 1/3 of a throw in a dye for about 5 minutes, then second third for about 2 minutes and last third I just dip and remove from a dye immediately to make it less blue.

Poslednja tehnika, koja zapravo nije Shibori, je ombre. Vrlo je jednostavno, podelila sam dužina ovog šala na tri, prvu trećinu sam potopila u boju na oko 5 minuta, drugu trećinu na 2 minuta, a poslednju sam samo potopila i odmah izvadila da bi boja bila što svetlija. 

Such an amazing project, don`t you think?! I really enjoyed it! So cool and fun! Have you ever tried this technique or something similar? 

Totalno sam oduševljena rezultatima i baš sam uživala u ovom veselom projektu! Da li ste vi nekada probali ovu tehniku bojenja ili neku sličnu i kakva su vam iskustva?
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20.03.2017.

Easy Spring Home Makeover

Continuing with our spring stories (you can find it here and here), this one is all about how to easy  bring spring indoors. My idea for instant spring can be pulled off in just a day! It's all about easy switch-ups that shake off the winter vibe and add instant cheer. Buy, buy winter. Bring on the sun and flowers!

Nastavljajući sa našom prolećnim pričama (možete ih pogledati ovde i ovde), ova današnja je posvećena tome kako da jednostavno unesemo dah proleća u dom. Moja ideja je da to bude instant akcija koja može da se izvede i završi u jednom danu. Suština je u jednostavnim promenama koje će zimski duh zameniti novim, vedrijim. Dakle, zbogom dosadna zimo! Dobro došlo sunce i cveće!
1. Start With Leafy Arrangements
You don`t have to have a green thumb to make this arrangements. Just go outside and pick some nice brunches. Take a shortcut to the indoor tree trend by arranging leafy or blossoming branches into a vase. Put them on the coffee table, in the kitchen or entry and you`ll have an instant spring in the house! Bonus: no money spend!

1. Počnite Sa Zelenim Aranžmanima
Ne morate da imate smisla za baštovanstvo da biste imali ovakav aranžman. Izađite u šetnju, uberite nekoliko procvetalih ili zelenih grančica i aranžirajte ih u vaze. Savršeno će pristajati na klub stolu, u kuhinji ili na ulazu i stvoriće instant osećaj da je stiglo proleće u vaš dom. Bonus: besplatno je!
2. Switch Out Bedding
Nothing drastically changes the vibe of a bedroom like a new set of bedding. Chose lighter fabrics and pretty pastel colors, or just use regular white, which is, for me, always a good idea!

2. Promenite Posteljinu
Ništa neće bolje dočarati novo godišnje doba u spavaćoj sobi kao novi set posteljine. Izaberite lagane tkanine i nežne, pastelne nijanse, ili upotrebite belu posteljinu koja je, bar za mene, uvek dobar izbor!
3. Add Pops of Pastel
Speaking of pastels, adding pastel accents will brighten your space and add a fresh, seasonally appropriate style. Use them on throw pillows, blankets, lamps, carpet, decorative items...

3. Dodajte Pastelne Tonove
Kada već pominjemo pastelne tonove, akcenti u ovim tonovima u čitavom stanu osvežiće i daće lakoću prostoru i uneti odgovarajući sezonski stil. Upotrebite ih na dekorativnim jastucima, prekrivačima, lampama, tepisima, dekorativnim predmetima...
4. Add Bright Linens
Light and bright linens will make a vibrant addition to your kitchen and dining room.

4. Dodajte Vedar Kuhinjski Tekstil
Svetao i koloritan kuhinjski tekstil biće živahan dodatak u vašoj kuhinji i trpezariji.
5. Change Curtains
It's time to switch out the dark and heavy drapes for something light and airy. You'll be surprised by the brightening power of pale and sheer curtains. 

5. Promenite Zavese
Vreme je da skinete tamne i teške zavese i drapere i zamenite ih laganim i prozračnim. Bićete iznenađeni koliko će prostor delovati svetlije i svežije sa tanjim i svetlijim zavesama. 

I hope you enjoyed this tips and that you leave feeling inspired to update your own home for this spring season. Do you have a special tip for a simple spring makeover?

Nadam se da ste uživali u ovim malim savetima i da sam vas inspirisala da osvežite i pripremite vaš dom za ovo divno godišnje doba! Da li vi imate neki poseban trik za jednostavan prolećni "makeover" vašeg doma?

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