We Die Dye Over This Boho DIY

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I have a thing for all things blue! The majority of my artwork and home accessories are in varying shades from navy to turquoise and I tend to gravitate to linens, throws, and antique textiles all in indigo — it’s a hue that continually calls to me.
One lazy sunday afternoon no so long ago I found myself perusing the site of friend and crazy talented prop stylist Kendra Smoot. I stumbled upon some images she snapped at a wonderful dye shop in Tribeca called Aljo. She described the shop as equal parts mad science lab, complete with beakers, and a meticulously organized color dye library. What really caught my eye was the sample of blues and how the dyes would bleed and spread onto the blank white textile. It was the imperfections, drips and variations that really swooned me.
In this very moment I vowed to DIY with DYE! Feeling very inspired, off I went to purchase my supplies and later dug through my linen closet to pull out what now seemed like very bland white linen napkins. I was feeling crafty & determined and set out to create something unique! I researched a few techniques and settled on the class Japanese Shibori approach after realizing I already had quite a bit of it in my home — my sons bedroom rug was reminiscent of this same dye technique as was a gorgeous yet more intricately designed vintage textile throw. Shibori is a Japanese dying technique that is focused on folding, knotting and wrapping fabric to create gorgeous repetitive and geometric patterns.
I was shocked at how easy the process was and fairly AMAZED at the stunning vibrant results. I could not be happier with my now swoon-ably adored table top with custom indigo napkins and bonus dip dyed cocktail napkins too! You need to try this! Click through for step-by-step instructions.
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What You'll Need:
White cotton napkin(s)
Cotton thread
Dark blue/indigo dye
Bowl or bucket
Gloves Dye: iDye Fabric Dye in Brilliant Blue; Twine: Nutscene; Dinner Napkins: Horchow.
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The first step is to fold your napkin as you would a paper fan. Each section or fold was about 1.5 inches. You then fold your napkin again vertically. Ring: Jennifer Fisher Jewelry.
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Use twine to tie as tight as you can around your folded napkin. As often as you tie your napkin, the more white that will appear once opened resulting in an increased pattern.

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You can see all the varying folds in the napkin. The folding plus the tightened ties are what create the interesting and geometric patterns.
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Follow the instructions on your dye packet. I warmed water in a large pot and added my dye. The longer you submerge your napkin the deeper the color.
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Run cold water over your napkin or let it soak in a bowl until the water remains clear, setting the dye.
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Before hanging to dry, I rinsed the napkin one last time. So pretty!
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You can see that one is slightly paler in color than the other which I don't mind — I like the inconsistencies with hand-made projects.
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For fun, I dip-dyed some plain cocktail napkins I had laying around. Sweater: Topshop.
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I must admit, I was pleasantly impressed by my creative endeavors! A stunning table scape indeed!

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