Fiber & Fabric Crafts

Bandhani Prints and printing on fabrics

bandhani prints

In Hindi, the term ‘Bandhan’ means ‘tie’ and ‘Bandhna’ means ‘to tie’. It is a no-brainer that in textile dyeing, Bandhani (Hindi: बांधनी) is the art of tying and then dyeing. But there is something special about this type of tie-dyeing called bandhani. The patterns are small and several and can be specifically arranged to … Read more

Stone wash jeans : How to Do-it-yourself at home.

stone wash jeans

If you remember stonewashed jeans of the 1980s, you would also remember the craze it was. And the trend for distressed faded jeans never died. Today, If you like faded, distressed, and soft, light blue jeans in the place of dark, stiff jeans but like a do-it-yourself route to this, rather than buying them for … Read more

How to tie dye spirals on fabric

spirals in tie dye

A spiral tie dye pattern is the quintessential tie dye pattern of all. The moment you think of tie and dye this is the pattern that comes to mind. They are usually multi colored in the brightest colors you know of, in a swirl of a pattern that gives you a headache. The kind that … Read more

Shibori Dyeing Technique

Shibori is a Japanese resist dyeing technique of manually binding, stitching, folding, or clamping the fabric to produce desired patterns. The final result is a variety of beautiful patterns on fabric. It consists of many techniques for dyeing fabrics cheaply in different patterns. Different Shibori techniques Nui Shibori Nui Shibori involves stitching and dyeing.  A … Read more

Arashi Shibori Fabric Dyeing technique : Tutorial

In Japan, Arashi (pronounced AA -Raa-SHiy) means storm. It is also interpreted as wind-driven rain – the type of rain that falls sideways when there is a storm. Arashi shibori is a resist-dyeing technique in the tradition of bomaki (pole wrap) shibori, which produces diagonal stripes that look like rain on the fabric. It is … Read more

Sublimation Vs. Screen Printing : Which is the best?

Sublimation and screen printing are two of the most popular methods for printing on fabric. With the increasing popularity of printing beautiful designs on t-shirts, these two methods have gained immense popularity. Depending on your application, both techniques produce visually appealing results with many advantages particular to each method. But it is very easy to … Read more

Make easy Woven Bead Pendant

Imagine wearing pendants according to your mood every day in different designs. You can make these yourself in no time with seed beads and a hand sewing needle and thread How to make a bead pendant by weaving seed beads with needle and thread Mark your design on graph paper Using sketch pens (or pencil) … Read more

Nui Shibori- Stitched-Resist Shibori technique for dyeing fabric

This post is about the different ways to do stitch-resist dyeing following the ancient Japanese resist dyeing technique known as Shibori. Let me warn you first – Nui shibori is a time-consuming dyeing technique, and on top of it, it is captivating. A deadly combination. If you get into it, you will be at it … Read more

Make a beaded Cabochon Pendant

A cabochon is a dome shaped polished stone with a flat back. It can be glued on to any surface. Beads forming a bezel around the cabochon is a very pretty sight. It is very easy to make a pendant with some seed beads and your precious cabochon stone. Here is the easy way to … Read more

What is Sublimation printing? Why is it so loved?

Sublimation is a fabric printing process in which images are printed using special ink on special transfer paper with specialized machines, and then they are heat pressed into the fabric. It results in printing high-definition intricately made designs on fabric which is permanent. The method can only be used on polyester or polyester blended fabrics. … Read more

Different types of Textile Dyeing

Dyeing process refers to the interaction between dye and fibers, resulting in the transfer of dye into the fibers (through absorption, diffusion, precipitation).  Most of the dyeing processes are meant to transfer color onto the fabric surface in an even manner. There are many ways to dye fabric depending on the dye used, the fabric … Read more

Best way to make a wrist Corsage

A corsage is a small representation of flowers, real or artificial which is worn by women on any part of the body, usually on the front of a dress or on the wrist for special occassions like a birthday, or a wedding. The flowers can be arranged as a bouquet and tied or laid out … Read more

Indigo Dyeing

The color indigo is part and parcel of our lives – as much as jeans are. Think of denim and what comes first to our mind is the beautiful indigo shade of the fabric. The indigo color that you see on denim fabric (warp thread of denim fabric is dyed to indigo color) is a … Read more

How much cord is needed for a Macrame project

An intimidating task for those who want to do macramé work is deciding on how much cord is required to finish a macramé project. What if the cord falls short in the middle? Wouldn’t the whole work be useless? These are questions that stop many from starting the work.  Most of the macrame tutorials will … Read more

Best Cords to use for Macrame

Isn’t it wonderful when you do not need anything but some cord to make beautiful crafts that will wow anyone who comes across them? Macrame is one such art form. You need very few tools to start your macrame project – or should I say, you need just Cord? What cords should NOT be used … Read more

Macramé : Basics of Decorative Knotting

When you browse through any social media platform feed, you will come across scores of reels and posts displaying beautiful wall hangings, bags, mirrors, lampshades, keychains made of ropes/cords with a rustic charm. This craft has a fancy name – Macramé. What is macramé? Macrame is the art of ornamental knotting for creating various crafts … Read more

How to sew Applique designs on T-shirts

  Applique is a wonderful way to customize t-shirts. And a very easy way to do it. You can showcase all kinds of designs including letters and numbers and beautiful floral designs on to your fabric with applique. A t-shirt is the perfect blank-canvas for this. Here are some ideas. There are 2 main steps … Read more

DIY gifts you can make for Valentines day

I am a sucker for romance. So when this tall, rich, and handsome guy came and proposed to me, it was as if I manifested him out of all the romance books I used to read. His family objected, as it does in the dramas and we got married after a two-year long courtship. He … Read more

Tea and Coffee dyeing : For that Vintage look

Pure white is considered angelic, pure, and divine. But not everyone is keen on being this otherworldly. I prefer something which is more earthbound and natural – a fabric that looks as it has naturally aged. If you are like me in your love for the vintage look and want to go the natural route … Read more

How to make a Fabric Wreath

Fabric Wreaths are usually used as a seasonal home accent piece (for Christmas, Halloween etc), but that does not mean you need an occasion to make it. Wreaths make a charming centerpiece for a country-style decor.  If you have some fabric scraps and a wreath base, you can easily make one yourself. It is a … Read more