HOT HOT HOT July

HOT- HOT- HOT— JULY IS FOR TEXTILE DYEING

Its mid-July and the summer is full on hot. This is the time of year that I do some textile dyeing instead of beading.

I have been trying some new Shibori folding techniques this year. I have done many designs in the past with the “scrunch” method and securing the fabrics with rubber bands.

What is Shibori?

Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root Shibori, “to wring, squeeze, and press.”

 

I have been experimenting with accordion folds and tying onto a PVC tube. Here are some results:

Cotton scarf on a PVC tube.

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This scarf was dyed by my good friend Alice.
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This is me in my backyard where we do the rinsing steps.

This white cotton fabric was accordion folded and pressed closed with plastic on the outsides to create the white spaces in a windowpane pattern.

Below you can see all the beautiful colors on the line. The tee was tied and dyed by me and Alice for her grandson. Its the earth and sun. Last is Carol, Alice and me at the end of a dyeing day.

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These are the prototypes for more to come later this month. I am looking forward to debuting them at art fairs in August.

I will be at Paoli Art at the Mill Park on August 13th and at Middleton Good Neighbor Fest on August 27-28.

FEED YOUR SOUL!

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