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still sampling

October 14, 2014

Please note: the pictures in this post have been removed at the request of Jane Callender

in every workshop there are techniques you know you will use again and develop your own interpretation

some don’t quite work for you

those are the ones with the most to learn from – or so I have always thought

shown hanging in the window

this started with 2 layers of fabric stitched together

white cotton and a bright turquoise silk

I tied in shibori circles and then cut away the cotton fabric between the stitching

another piece of all white cotton and silk stitched in parallel lines

at home, I marked and stitched a diagonal pattern

dyed it in indigo and again cut away the cotton

you have to be very careful not to cut the underlying fabric

(I have a plan for those cut away strips!)

and again, it looks best with the light behind it

nice window treatment but any strong light will fade the natural dyes

I bought 2 stencils for marking repeat patterns from teacher, Jane Callender

but wanted to experiment with making my own design

P1050829I drew a pattern on heavy paper and transferred it to cotton with a water-soluble marking pen

stitched, pulled-up and dyed in a henna and pomegranate  dye bath

then into the indigo

 now I know the pattern works I will make it on mylar so it will stand up to repeated use

the first dye – a pale yellow top dyed with indigo gives more depth to the colour

top is the piece done at home – dyed first in indigo and top dyed in henna, the henna isn’t dark enough

on the bottom is the piece dyed at the workshop, the top dye was a very strong iron

I’m going to continue trying this one

on the left the workshop piece

on the right, random stripes and pole wrapped on the diagonal

whew!  I have a couple more ideas and then I’ll stitch them all into a sample book.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2014 1:51 pm

    You have the most fun! What interesting results from your imagination and hands!!


    • October 14, 2014 3:45 pm

      Kjerstin – thank you, it would be nice to have endless amounts of time to work on these ideas.


  2. Judi Bushby permalink
    October 14, 2014 5:09 pm

    Jane’s workshop certainly gets the brain stimulated, doesn’t it. Love your pattern.. Perhaps you could sell your stencil too. Her stencils certainly make it easy to mark the fabric. Marked and stitched using them before I visited Bryan a couple of weeks ago.


    • October 14, 2014 8:22 pm

      Judi – the stencils are great. they have given me some new ideas. How was your time with Bryan? He seems to have slowed down with his blog and hasn’t answered my email. Hope all is well there.


  3. October 15, 2014 3:12 am

    great explorations!


  4. October 15, 2014 5:20 pm

    i think when your samples are a beginning and then you take some leaps and risks and it’s a beautiful bit of work you’ve come up with. did you say sample BOOK? (grin)


    • October 15, 2014 7:32 pm

      Velma – thank you for such kind words. Yes – one big full size sample book with more fabric for covers and Japanese stab binding. I’m presenting a program on shibori for one of the guilds at the end of the month and I want it ready for then. working on the last sample tonight.


  5. October 16, 2014 10:33 am

    The stitched pattern looks like a brain. Very appropriate.


  6. October 19, 2014 10:36 am

    Just go-juss!! I was sad that I missed Jane’s workshop while I was away. You obviously became inspired!


    • October 19, 2014 1:08 pm

      Louisa – welcome back. the inspiration was more to get some of the ideas on cloth as there wasn’t enough time in the class.


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