shibori runner: linen fabric
Step One: pleat by stitching with thread and pulling up, wrap around a flexible core and wrap with thread to hold, use strips of fabric wrapped around as resists; dye with indigo, remove from core
Step 2: wrap around core with the other side down, wrap with thread to hold, wrap with strips of fabric to act as sectional resists; dye with indigo, remove from core, remove all pleating and tying thread
One of the cool things you can do with an indigo plant is leaf printing. Using a wooden mallet, you pound the leaves into fabric and they leave a green impression.
Shibori on linen fabric, katano technique, dyed with indigo
Easily one of the most frustrating projects I worked on, as it didn’t turn out like I wanted (I’d wanted more light and shading around the lines). When Bryan talked on his blog about me being frustrated with indigo, this is the piece that brought that out. I’m hoping with time I’ll just accept it for what it is and not think about what I wanted it to be.
In the excitement of traveling around Japan, I keep forgetting to post photos of my other projects.
Shibori: linen runner, pleated with thread, wrapped around a soft core and wrapped with thread, dyed in indigo:
And a detail shot: