hand-dyed fabrics


For the clamping sort of shibori, one takes a piece of cloth, folds it in various ways, puts something stiff on each end of the bundle, and compresses it by clamping these pieces together. Part of the fabric is then readily accessible to the dye, whereas other parts can't be reached.

21" x 31"

hexagon flower

The piece on the right is folded exactly as the one above is.  I started with a piece I'd dyed various soft shades of yellow, and after folding, I secured the bundle with rubber bands.  I ended up with this wonderful flower-like arrangement!

Twelve Star

I can't really describe how to do this fold; I made it up but it's a bit complicated.  I was delighted with the results: twelve-pointed stars, elegant rhomboid shapes, and equilateral triangles!

tortoiseshell shibori

I started with a piece of cloth I'd dyed a fairly uniform light grey/purple. Then I folded it, first with an accordion pleat, and then to make equilateral triangles. When it was all folded, I dipped each side of the resulting triangle shape in dye.. .first liquid orange and gold, and then thickened dye of a deep burgundy color.

30"x 40"

On the left is a  very simple "clamp resist" (actually secured with rubber bands; you can see them in white on the bottom row of the cloth, which was the outside of the bundle when I dyed it).  The folding was very straightforward: first accordion-folding the fabric into a long strip, the accordion-folding into half-square triangles.

9" x 10"

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