One of the pasted folkhouse pieces made it into the kakishibu (persimmon tannin) just to see what would happen. Kakishibu and paste can be tricky, because the paste softens when it gets wet and with kakishibu the idea is to wet the piece and let it dry in the sun multiple times. Each dunking and sunning leads to a darker rust-color, and only the side facing the sun takes on color.
Here’s with paste on, after being in the sun:
Final result (though it needs a good pressing, sorry about that):
In some places, the paste cracked and left little lines of rust, giving it a bit of a batik crackle. I really like the darkness of the color and the imperfections of the kakishibu in relation to the stencil design.
I am looking forward to combining kakishibu with indigo and working with layers of dye and paste. Maybe offsetting the stencil? Maybe the use of different stencils directly over each other? There’s something to this process–and to katazome as a surface design technique–that I want to explore more fully. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to try it.
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
We also tried kumihimo (gathered threads)–a form of Japanese braiding.
The threads and braid are tied to heavy bobbins to keep an even tension as you work.
Julie hard at work, making a beautiful 8 strand braid using the cotton thread we’d wrapped our shibori work in before dyeing.
My finished braid, using linen dyed with kakishibu. Any ideas what to do with it?
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.