Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Shibori Leaf on Linen

I had my doubts about this one. Lots and lots of stitching and after dyeing I had a hard time taking the stitches out. The color of the upholstery thread I used and the cloth were pretty much the same color so it was hard to know if I was clipping the linen or the stitches. I pre-dyed the linen a light blue before stitching to make sure it would take the dye. I was pretty sure it was linen but it could have been cotton and colorhue dyes will not dye cotton. Anyway, here's the process. Click on the photos for a closer view.

leaf drawn on linen with fade away marking pen

completely stitched

all threads pulled and knotted--that was tricky

in the dye bath about half an hour

and the leaf...this picture shows the true color
 When I went to take this out of the dryer, I thought to myself that this looks like ideal light conditions to take a picture given the cloudy day here. It is an enclosed space with a light behind it and it worked.

15 comments:

coolquilter said...

Thanks for showing the stitching pattern for the leaf. It turned out beautifully.

deanna7trees said...

thanks, coolquilter. i knew others would probably want to try it. i do like working with the linen. no needle holes showing after it is dried.

kaite said...

i'll bet you're really proud of this leaf, i would be, it's most intricate.

Els said...

Wow Deanna, this is so great !!
I envie you : I've a lot of catching up to do !!!!!

liniecat said...

wow what a great effect!

Vicki W said...

Wow, that turned out great!

Notjustnat said...

You must be pleased with it Deanna. It comes out great and love the pattern too. Will try linen next time I dye - Hugs Nat

Herm said...

this leaf pattern is beautiful and turned out great! when i did shibori several years ago, you need to let the piece dry and it would be easier to take the thread off, maybe Glennis has other instructions.

deanna7trees said...

thanks,Herm, i imagine it would be easier to wait until the piece dried but i'm too anxious to see how it turned out and probably couldn't wait that long.

Gina said...

Cool! That's a LOT of stitching. Unique result though and worth it.

Jacky said...

Ver clever... I love your leaf design and that beautiful deep green.

Jacky xox

Phyllis said...

Beautiful! Must be a fun class. The design is great.

woman with wings said...

Deanna, I adore this. Absolutely, on my knees, love it.

PJ said...

This is beautiful, it really captures the spirit of 'leaf'. Thank you for sharing the whole process.

Tammy said...

I love this leaf. I have heard a lot about this method of dyeing but have never actually seen it in process. Thanks for sharing that. You have a beautiful result. :)

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