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September 21, 2013

woven shibori

natural dyes


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a pattern from a 1980’s Handwoven magazine – my favorite for work bags

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the top of the bag is double and is woven longer than the body panels

the placement of the shibori pattern in each bag is different

I wove enough for 3 bags and planned to dye one with kakishibu  but the weaving was slower than I anticipated  the necessary sun was disappearing by the time I was ready to dye

so–next year

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they are lined and have big pockets

at one time I could purchase woven cotton tape for the handles and dye it to match

now all I can find is polyester – which, of course won’t dye (the blue)

the dyes are indigo

  and persimmon rind dyed before pulling up the shibori threads, then top dyed with lac using an iron modifier

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the handles have extra stitching for maximum strength

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the indigo is blooming – but I can’t see any seed formation

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and the hollyhocks are almost finished

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Arlene permalink
    September 28, 2013 4:41 pm

    These bags are wonderful in the photo. They are even better in real life. Thanks for sharing at show and tell


    • September 28, 2013 4:56 pm

      thanks, Arlene. show and tell was great. you should see the towel with red borders I bought at Maiwa- justification was the group project.


  2. September 22, 2013 8:48 am

    yes, alice is right, the proportions are lovely. really nifty info from susan about the indigo seeds, IF mine ever get that far.


    • September 22, 2013 9:34 am

      Velma – the seeds for these plants came from Susan so she has success but our weather is changing, if we get an early frost then no seeds for me.


  3. September 22, 2013 6:28 am

    Wonderful bags. The parts have such nice proportions.


  4. lagriccia permalink
    September 22, 2013 12:01 am

    I love the begs too, the weaving and the dyes are fabulous. The pattern seems very easy to make, I will have to try to reproduce it.


    • September 22, 2013 7:37 am

      Blandina – they just take time to make but would be much easier with commercial fabric.
      Alice – the woven width determines the size, it is fun to play with that a bit.


  5. Renee permalink
    September 21, 2013 5:51 pm

    Oh, I love those bags. And the acceptance of how you will have to wait until next year for the necessary sun. It makes me sit back and remember to have patience.


    • September 21, 2013 6:53 pm

      Renee – I love kakishibu or I might not be so patient – and there is a possibility that it might accidentally fall into another dye pot.


  6. Susan Duffield permalink
    September 21, 2013 3:41 pm

    No, I don’t see seeds yet either, but when you check the stem of blossoms and you see little brown bits, then there are seeds present. Then you can pick that little stem and leave it to dry up. The seeds that are good will be dark and will harden up. Any that are green will not be viable. If you leave them outside until the whole blossom stem turns brownish, then you risk all the rain that is coming our way and that moisture will make the first bunch of seeds start to sprout on the stem. And they don’t resprout in the spring! Better to keep watch and pick as the seeds start. I have quite a bunch in a container drying up, waiting for a good shake to get the seeds out – middle of Oct. maybe. Don’t you feel rich in indigo now… Susan


    • September 21, 2013 4:20 pm

      Hi Susan – I’ll watch carefully, worried about the weather – it has been so unpredictable. And yes, I’m feeling very blue!


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