April 6, 2011

Shibori vs Eco Dyeing

Shibori online workshop is still going. I'm so thrilled to learn the art of Shibori dyeing. Shibori dyeing technique takes a lifetime to master. Because I only do it for personal use what I've learned is good enough. There are many techniques in Shibori. The one I really like is called stitched Shibori. Within the stitched Shibori there are many patterns you can create. 

I have been learning stitched Shibori in the last couple of weeks. The above left technique is called Karamatsu Shibori. You stitch the patterns in the circle on folded fabric. The above right technique is called Komasu Shibori. You stitch the pattern using square template again stitch on folded fabric. 
I got so excited with my first result that I tried it the second time with more folds on the fabric. In the left photo was how the fabric looked after I stitched the pattern ready to dye. I'm so happy how it turned out. I'm using this piece for a scarf. I have to take some show and tell on my trip so I thought I would take this scarf. 


My class mate Deanna was dyeing Shibori using natural dye with onion skin. It turned out very well. I love natural dyeing so at the weekend we went for a picnic and I found some Liquid Amber leaves on the ground and thought I would try dyeing with them. A few weeks ago I would throw in a piece of silk into the dye, but since I started this Shibori class I couldn't help putting some Shibori stitches on the pieces. I was pleased how they turned out. The colour is not yellow or brown, but it has both yellow and brown mixed. Very beautiful! 


13 comments:

Bunny said...

Wow I am impressed this is beautiful. Are the stitches stitched with thick thread? I have not done fabric dying but have done some reverse using bleach, vinegar and we wrapped the fabric around PVC pipe. We used black fabric and it came out with beautiful brown markings.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

wow Nat...stunning!!! Dzintra

Michele Pacey said...

Just gorgeous, your pieces! The round one has so many little channels running through it. So COOL!!! You must be so excited. I know I would be if I did this all by myself!

deanna7trees said...

i see you too have the bug. that is, the shibori bug. i think the onion skin dye pot now has a permanent place on my stove. i need to learn some new designs. i'm waiting for several books from the library. beautiful pieces from the liquid amber leaves. i had never heard of those before.

Storycloth said...

Yes the liquid amber scarves are lovely. I have been following Deanna's work as well. Your stitched patterns are fantastic - very crisp. Gilly

woman with wings said...

OK. That does it, between you & Deanna, I've caught the bug. This is going to be a class I watch for next time around. SO beautiful! -- and to achieve such intricacy with stitching can only be magic.

Willow said...

WOW,they are so beautiful. I love coming to your blog to learn about new things. Never heard of this before.

Jacky said...

Ooooh....the liquid amber dyed up beautifully Nat. There's something special about fabric dyed naturally isnt there?

Jacky xox

Tammy said...

I love the Shibori that you are doing. Just beautiful!!! I wanted to pop over and see your blog and thank you for coming over and having a look at mine. It's wonderful to meet and see such wonderfully talented and inspiring women. I'll be back again!!! :)

Herm said...

I love your shibori results, they are very beautiful patterns--also the color that the liquid Amber leaves gave you is yummy!

Serena said...

beautiful

Simone de Klerk said...

I just love the blue squared version!!!

Lay Hoon said...

Beautiful and nice pattern formed !!!
Love them.

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