Posts Tagged ‘shibori’

Summer Collage Scarf

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Saturday I took another class at The Fiber Studio – Nuno Felted Summer Collage Scarf taught by Jill Lynn.  What a great class!!


The night before I did some frantic last minute shibori dyeing of some ugly silk, cotton and linen shirts I bought at a local thrift store.  What else are second bathroom bathtubs for anyway?



Jill was great at sharing all sorts of  little tips and tricks, ensuring we all got great results.


The front of my scarf consists of my shibori dyed silks, cottons and linens, along with some devoré satins and velvets I picked up at The Fiber Studio.   The backside is merino top and several silk hankies I also picked up at The Fiber Studio.



I love the incredible textures you get in nuno felting!


I can’t decide which side I like better.  The silk hankies give such a beautiful ethereal effect.



Another great felting success!

Happy Place

Monday, February 16th, 2009


Yes, I have a shibori scarf as my desktop and a small hank of Manos Silk Blend hanging on my monitor.

Don’t judge me.

A Common Thread

Saturday, January 17th, 2009


A Common Thread is up through February 21, 2009.  Go check it out!!

Procrastination Can Be a Beautiful Thing

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

I leave for China in less than 36 hours.  For two weeks.  And I’ve not yet packed a single thing.


Instead, I spent my last October Sunday afternoon dyeing a second round of scarves.  Most I plan to dye a third time to get even more color depth, but here are the ones I’ve decided to keep as true Double Dyes.

The first round colors were Baby Pink, Sapphire Blue, Primary Yellow, and Tangerine that were overdyed with Plum, Pewter, and Chocolate.  My second round dye baths did nothing that I thought they would, but I still like they way these scarves turned out.

Once again, I am in awe of the Double Dye!!

Double Dye!

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
My friend Suzie and I just finished up a two part class at the Textile Center called Double Dyeing. It was all about shibori dyeing and taught by Sandra Brick, a wonderful teacher who was great for pulling me away from my left-brained habits and pushing my comfort zone to the limit. Put purple next to orange? Pink next to green? Not in my manufacturing world you don’t – you get brown muck. But in Double Dyeing, you get truly beautiful results.
Shibori is the Japanese word for putting patterns on cloth by using several different methods of dyeing. In our first class we learned how to braid, twist, clamp, and bind silk scarves. When submerged in the dye baths, the areas of fabric that are held tightly together resist the color and leave behind beautiful patterns.
We also did some discharge dyeing. We took black cloth, clamped it, bleached it to reveal any color that might be underneath, and then reclamped & redyed it.
Sandra took us to the next level by having us take our single dyed scarves, re-clamp/twist/bind/braid them and throw them into another dye bath. The results were stunning.
Our second week we learned the arashi, or pole-dyeing, method. We used big fat wine bottles instead of poles (or trees, like the Japanese do), but the idea is the same.
Sandra almost made my head explode when she reclamped my blue & green scarf and threw it in the plum bath. Triple dyeing? Beautiful.
Such a fantastic class – hooray for Double Dye!!