May 7, 2012

How Many Scarves?

How many scarves do I need? I wondered that too. I love scarves and wear one everyday. I wear scarves when I go to work, at home, and when I go out! A scarf has become an accessory for every outfit. While in Japan I dyed seven scarves. I made one for everyday of the week, almost. A scarf has become an item of clothing for most women and men today. I feel undressed without wearing one. Enjoy my scarves with me...!


There are eight scarves in the above photo. The red shibori scarf I made using two lengths of a metre long kimono fabric I found at Asakusa market when we visited the Amuse (boro) museum. The green and red one on the left is the most beautiful chiffon silk. I dyed it using yellow dye from Gardiner pods and red from Maddar root over dyed with indigo. 


This red shibori was from vintage fabric joined in the middle to make it long enough to become a full length scarf. Most of my scarves are blue (surprise, surprise!) so when I found the red shibori pieces I had to have them!


One of the highlights during the tour for me was a visit to Noguchi-San indigo master's studio. I pre-stitched this piece of shibori hoping to dye it in the fermentation vat and I did. I dipped it so many times in order to get that dark indigo blue. Don't you just love how it looks? 


Snow dyed effects. We all dyed this scarf almost at the end of the tour. It was easy, but effective. I love the feel of this silk. Not sure what kind of silk it was. All silk keeps you very warm even though it is thin material. 


Moon scarf. I dyed a lot of moon pieces on the tour. I also wanted a blue scarf so when I was planning to dye this cotton scarf I decided to add a few moons at one end.


A loose cotton scarf. This is my most favourite of the seven scarves I did. I made a shibori stitch using simple line of stitching in a zig zag pattern. I dipped half of it seven times and three times on the other half. The results is light and dark diamonds alternatively. I have been wearing this scarf ever since I dyed it.  


This is the last scarf I did on the tour. It took the whole evening to stitch it. I cheated by folding it in half and stitching it. I tied both ends in the same pattern. It's my second favourite scarf from the tour.

I hope you enjoyed my collection of indigo dyed scarves. It's coming to winter here in Australia so these scarves are handy to have. Well, how many scarves do you need? 

PS: DS's Bike Babies blog. They have taken their babies to Malaysia a few days ago. If you want to know where they are please visit their blog...


Till next time
Nat




15 comments:

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

A beautiful collection of scarves. You and my Sister would get on so well.

Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Simone de Klerk said...

Love your scarves! I'm a real scarf person too. Don't even know how many I have.
At the moment I am into the infinity scarf. Found a great tutorial. So fun and so fast and so comfortabel and so good to match etc. etc.

Nedra said...

I've always noticed your beautiful scarves when you have shown a picture of yourself. Love them! Here in Arizona they are too hot to wear most of the year or I would have more myself.

deanna7trees said...

i love all your scarves. i do have lots of scarves but very rarely wear them.

Michelle said...

Those are wonderful! You wear them, so you need as many as you can collect. :-)

blandina (aracne) said...

I am wearing my own indigo dyed scarf in this moment. You are right, scarves are never enough!

Jeannie said...

Your scarves are beautiful! As much as I find stitch resist tedious, the results are so worth it. You have such beautiful souvenirs of your trip. Much more useful than a snow globe or spoon.;)

quiltmom said...

I love scarves as well- I have many pashmina shawls as well and find that they are terrific for me as I tend to get hot so I can wear a sleeveless top and a shawl and am never too warm. The joys of being an older middle aged woman.
It looks like you had a fabulous time with the dyeing of the scarves. The indigo blue is a beautiful shade.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards,
Anna

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Come to think of it Nat...when I do see you I have noticed your scarves...Scarves are like bags...You can't have enough!

homeschooled said...

Oh Nat they are gorgeous!
I am so jealous!

Els said...

Your scarves are great Nat!
That red cloth is special ....!

Kim said...

Need has nothing to do with your scarves....they are pieces of art that you display like a traveling exhibit. I am in awe of your talent.
Lovely lovely work Nat!

Happy Sewing

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Nat. Just loved following your stories and pictures about the tour. Gorgeous scarves, too. I stopped by Blandina's blog to see more pictures. So fun!
best, nadia

woman with wings said...

Nat, your scarves! They are beautiful, I don't think I could choose a favorite. So glad you're back! I peeked at your son and DIL's blog -- what an adventure, gee, I wonder who your son takes after? ;-) xo

Judy Martin said...

Your shibori work is amazing.
It is inspiring to see so many scarves.

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