Friday, April 1, 2011

Arashi Shibori

We learned a new shibori technique this week in Glennis' online class. I've started small to make some samples and to get the feel of what works. I'm using a pipe-like thingy that is 6" in length and 1" in diameter as well as an old fashioned wooden clothespin. Here are some pictures with descriptions to give you an idea of how this works. There are several good videos on you-tube if you want to see how the cloth is wrapped around the pipe. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. For those of you who like to get real close-up, after you click on the picture, you can get closer by holding down the ctrl key and tapping on the + sign on your keyboard.

left shows how it looks as it's taken off of the pipe and the right is after drying and ironing. 

I wrapped some silk around a clothespin and put it in a pot of simmering onion skins.

only the top layer picked up the color

here you can see some silk organza wrapped around the pipe and the results.
I hope to get better results as I continue experimenting.

23 comments:

Chris Gray said...

...love the results!


....colours and texture....

Herm said...

The Arashi Shibori has to be wrapped once (not in layers) as I remembered to get the color on the whole piece. You can find a PVC tube at Home Depot. The blue piece is gorgeous and also the one with the onion skins, and the silk organza -- all of them are so beautiful!!!!

deanna7trees said...

yes, thanks Herm. wrapped once but folded first so there are the folded layers. i have the pvc pipe but i'm working small for now.

Gracie said...

Deanna, these are wonderful! I started a pot of black walnut dye this week (because I found 10 walnuts washed up on the river bank), so I'm going to try the; the meandering ripples are so comforting. Are you going to work with these in SEW?

deanna7trees said...

thanks, gracie. i'm sure these pieces will work their way into projects posted on SEW.

Judy--- said...

deanna---i love & am inspired by the dye work you are doing. a package of rit in the washer to dye a thrift store shirt is as far as i've ever gotten.
no--that's not true --i did do some tea dying more recently & that was wonderful. the onion skins sound so un-intimidating .
also---i swear i have searched my computer keyboard like a mad woman & cannot find a ctrl key. i have a mac. any ideas?

deanna7trees said...

thanks Judy for your comment. i think the mac has a symbol as its ctrl key. it's an arrow pointing upwards. i'm not sure if ctrl/+ works on the mac. i'll try to find out and if i do i'll post another comment.

deanna7trees said...

Judy, google "keyboard shortcuts" and that might help you find out how to zoom in on a picture. it seems that it is different depending on the browser you are using.

PJ said...

these are wonderful...wow...any chance you will be selling your cloths at some point?
I love visiting your blog.

Storycloth said...

These are very inspiring - really making my fingers itchy! Gilly

Notjustnat said...

You must be happy with this. I like them both. Cute the way you used the clothspins. Off to search for heart fabric hehe!

Cheryl Razmus said...

Deanna, better results is a relative term here! These are wonderful already.

jude said...

double wow.

deanna7trees said...

thank you all so much for your kind comments. hope some of you will try this. i continue to be amazed with the results.

woman with wings said...

Deanna, I love to come and see what new dye project you're onto -- these posts are like watching a flower bloom!

cristina said...

pure elegance!
those practice pieces
are so beautiful!
i love the patterns and colors.
ok, i'll stop...
I am so serious on the "elegant"
comment.
really, sister!

deanna7trees said...

Peggy and Cristina--you are both so sweet. i just made some shibori hearts with the failures. they'll be showing up in stitched pieces.

Judy--- said...

thanks so much deanna for your technical assistance. i'll give it a try.

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

WoW! These are just plain lovely! And not so intimidating on such a small scale.

;~) Debi

cristina said...

!!!!! correction.
they are not failures.
Repeat after me, they are not failures...

deanna7trees said...

ha. how about aberrations, cristina?

Kim said...

Wow! Just Wow! Now show us the hearts! No failures, just different paths.....

Gina said...

I really like this effect from wrapping around the pipe. Gosh, how did I miss so many posts?

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