Fall Dyeing-Shibori Style!


Last Sunday as the temperature took a nose dive into the upper twenties/low thirties I braved the elements and taught another  Shibori Workshop out-of-doors at my dear friend, N’s home. Pictured above is the Shibori Journal I made for each student for note taking during our workshop.

As usual, my students brought their dyeing “A Game” and we continued our dyeing practice with a couple new resist techniques: using clamps, wooden blocks, wooden sticks alone and in combination with pleating, binding and stitching.

We set 7 dye pots, an all time high! For colors: indigo (always a fave), dark green and we added a cranberry and inky blue green!

The results were incredible! We decorated the Shibori Tree with our colorful work. With rosy cheeks everyone went home with a bounty of unique and gorgeous dyed pieces.



And yes, we had two snow squalls! I think I had three layers of clothes on that day!


I personally experimented dyeing with white cotton jersey knit and cotton flannel and was thrilled with the results! My intent is to make scarves and pillowcases from my dyed fabrics as samples for my holiday sewing workshops starting after Thanksgiving.

Once home, I washed and dried my fabrics and set them up to show you some of the beautiful details! The design, below left, in  indigo, was created by folding the fabric and stitching semi circles then drawing up the threads. This binding stitching technique is called “OriNuri Karamatsu.









The above and below pieces were created by using wood blocks and folding or pleating with clamps “Itajime” or binding with twine.

This lovely to the right in cranberry features the “Kumo” technique. Below, top left, in dark green is a lattice design with triangular folding using square wooden blocks and twine to bind. On the bottom left, the cloth was pleated, sandwiched between wooden blocks and then bound with twine. The bottom right was pleated and bound between wooden sticks and finally tied with twine.

Dyeing days are always so gratifying!  I feel so fortunate to be able to share my knowledge with like-minded creatives and to watch my students’ excitement and delight in both the learning process and the always surprising and breath taking final product!