|Cotton t-shirt, still wet|
The t-shirt was done in the "sky fabric" technique: basically this involves wetting the fabric, scrunching the fabric into a ball and wrapping it with rubber bands or string, then immersing it in your dye vat for a while. After you take the fabric ball out you unroll it, rinse the fabric and start over again until you like the pattern or get tired. I have two indigo vats now: one full-strength and one half-strength. The
t-shirt got two dips in the full-strength vat, and two dips in the half-strength vat, over a period of several days.
I'm using the beginner Indigo Dye Kit from Jacquard, but many class members are making vats from much more exotic materials. To my mind, the results from the full-strength vat are too dark. I think it is better to use a weaker dye vat and vary the colors by doing successive dips.
The scarf is done in itajime shibori, where blocks or shapes are clamped to form a resist to the dye. First I clamped popsicle sticks on both sides of pleated fabric. The stripes did not come out as clearly as I wanted. For the second dip I folded the scarf in squares and then triangles. Then I clamped wooden blocks over part of the triangles. That result was a little better than I got with the popsicle sticks, but I still have a lot of room for improvement. See Shibori Girl for more information.
|Silk scarf with itajimi pattern|
My hands may be blue from dyeing, but I won't let it get to my heart.