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shibori on a rope

November 17, 2011

the weak indigo/henna dye bath looked like it might still have some colour so…

this is a linen napkin dyed a pale cream with mullein

it is tightly wrapped around a rope from corner to corner and pushed together, then dyed

the process is repeated from each corner, in this case it was dipped 2 times for each corner, a total of 8 dips

it leaves a pale center with colour radiating outwards and a mottled effect.

a stronger dye bath gives a much more dramatic effect

as in this cotton velvet and the cotton sheeting used for a lining










it’s just a little messy, especially on the large pieces but the effect is interesting.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2011 6:07 pm

    really neat! this look is lovely, like dappled shade or sunlight on water.


  2. November 21, 2011 12:31 am

    another use for the rope! and no tieing 🙂


  3. November 20, 2011 1:04 pm

    Oh beautiful, if I will not start dyeing soon I will get more and more envious.


  4. arlene permalink
    November 17, 2011 4:00 pm

    Looks like beautiful fun


  5. November 17, 2011 2:40 pm

    Great idea Jean, I will play with my vat this weekend too. Yes I mixed up a vat last night and it’s beautiful rich yellow/green. I will try henna in my next vat. Thanks for your inspiration – hugs Nat


    • November 17, 2011 3:53 pm

      the henna is 1 part of a 3 part recipe and used as the anti-oxidant.It is essential to this particular process.


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