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work well done

July 21, 2014

it is very rewarding to have enthusiastic students

P1050301Kathy went home the first day and stitched her table runner

the indigo and natural linen are beautiful together

P1050275 Kathy’s stitched sun burst on linen

P1050294more circles by Erin

years ago, at a garage sale I bought a can of steel ball bearings

tied into the cloth and dyed, the iron in the rusting balls acts as a modifier

P1050255they take on a glow from the dyes and become miniature sculptures

P1050273Erin tied them into a small piece of wool felt, dyed it in onion skins

 retied the piece

P1050290and over dyed in indigo – smashing!

Kathy folded her felt piece and board clamped it

P1050260it went into the madder/cochineal pot

simmered for an hour, sat in the pot overnight

simmered again in the morning for 2 1/2 hours

after I got my act together and remembered to turn on the heat!

don’t think we could ever re-create the results, it seems the cochineal migrated to one area (the purple)

a lovely surprise.

P1050277Jan is happy with her onion skins on cotton

P1050269a pause to examine the progress


Erin’s arashi shibori on linen

P1050295a second piece – first dyed in onion skins, taken off the pole,  rewrapped and overdyed in indigo

P1050285the back

Heather’s long-sleeved cotton shirt was interesting to wrapped

the pole was inside the shirt with the sleeves held beside the length while tying

P1050286the front

the mother-of-pearl buttons  also dyed in the indigo

P1050289Heather had fun but she didn’t model it for us!

P1050292Arlene resist tied (with plastic ikat tape) a skein of silk, dyed it in the madder/cochineal pot

changed the ties and dyed in indigo – over the madder and on the white resisted area

it will be fun to see what she weaves with the silk

she also dyed woven tapes she uses for hanging loops on tea towels

and some cotton indigo skeins

think everyone went home happy.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2014 2:57 am

    I have been reading your shibori course postings – the only thing I can say – I wish British Columbia wasn’t so far away! (that’s where you live, right?)


  2. July 24, 2014 12:18 pm

    Great results and I bet everyone had a super time.


  3. July 23, 2014 2:42 am

    great works. sorry about the man incident


  4. July 22, 2014 8:43 am

    yes, when i lived in the adirondacks one afternoon we had a big, falling-down-drunk man flop on the edge of the road in front of my house…until the police took him somewhere safe. scary things even happen in the quiet places…here, it’s car accidents out front.


    • July 22, 2014 9:58 am

      Velma – it seems to be human nature to think that bad things won’t happen to “me” or my neighbourhood – always someone else. and then it’s a big shock when/if it does come your way. For me the answer is to look out and care for one another.


  5. July 21, 2014 9:51 pm

    jean,your days are incredibly wild and wonderful, er maybe a little too wild?


    • July 21, 2014 10:07 pm

      Velma – I live in the quietest, staid, boring residential part of a quiet non-eventful city – think/hope it is a once in a lifetime event. back to the loom and the dyepot.


  6. July 21, 2014 12:27 pm

    Looks like you had great fun. I love the long sleeve t-shirt, something to try for sure.


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