Shibori Dyeing Tea Towels with Rit

White kitchen towels? Boring!! I tell ya, nothing is safe around here. If something at my house is a solid color, it’s only a matter of time before I add some bright color and dye it up. So, I started researching various Shibori Dyeing techniques.

If you’ve been following my dyeing tutorials, you know I usually use professional dyes. Sometimes, I’ll bust out the Kool-Aid or food coloring. This time, I wanted to see how good Rit Dyes are. I must say, I was impressed with the depth of color I got on these tea towels.

Rit Dyed Tea Towels,

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As you can see, I dyed my tea towels using 3 different Shibori or Tie Dye methods. The purple one was dyed with the Kumo Shibori method which I showed you with this Kumo Dyed Silk Scarf. (I mixed turquoise & fuscia)

I dyed the turquoise towel with the Suji Shibori method just like the Suji Dyed Felted Shawl.

Now, I am going to show how to dye the fuscia towel using rocks and marbles. I’m not sure what that technique is called but basically, all you do is tie rocks into the towel which results in pretty sunbursts or circles.


Rit Dyed Tea Towels,

Flour Sack Dish Towels (I love these towels!)
Liquid Rit Dye (I used Fuchsia)
Rocks or Marbles
Old Pot (no longer used for cooking)
Hot Water


Rit Dyed Tea Towels,

Rit Dyed Tea Towels,

Wrap a rock or marble into your towel and wind the thread tightly around the base of the rock several times. Tie a knot. Do this all over the towel to get lots of circles.

Shibori Dyeing

Rit Dyed Tea Towels,

Fill your pot with hot water, then add about 1/2 cup of salt. Stir to dissolve. Carefully, add the dye to the water. The more dye, the deeper the color. I used about 1/2 of the bottle to get a nice, strong fuscia.

Place your rock wrapped towel in the dyebath. Start with high heat, then turn down and simmer for 45 minutes.


After the allotted time, very carefully remove the towel from the dyebath. Old tongs are a big help! Rinse thoroughly in warm water until the water runs clear, then remove the thread and rocks and continue rinsing until the excess dye has been removed. Finally, rinse with cold water and hang to dry.

Rit Dyed Tea Towels,

Rit Dyed Tea Towels,

Rit Dyed Tea Towels,

Pretty! Wash them separately at first, just in case they bleed. Altho, with proper heat setting and rinsing, that should be minimal.

These tie dyed kitchen towels make wonderful homemade Christmas Gifts!

Tie Dyed Tea Towels,

What tie dyeing techniques have you tried?

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