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June 10, 2015

ta dah!

blue and white and happy all over

P1060976the sun is shining, the vat is warm and the dyer is happy

very happy

P1060977not pressed yet – I like the wrinkles

P1060979helpful hints for doing stitched shibori

use strong thread – doubled

make a big lumpy knot on one end – it is easier to find once the dyeing is finished

after gathering, place a half inch piece of heavier thread in the final knot

you can place it under the knot against the fabric – this protects a fine, light-weight fabric

or after tying the first part of the knot

P1060973it helps in finding where to cut, you can pull it a tiny bit and see the un-dyed gathering thread

P1060972issue 63 of Selvedge magazine has an article on making a Strippy quilt

it looks a little like my stitched pieces

although I’m not a quilter I’m going to give it a try

Lis, who is a quilter – and my indigo sister from Fujino

has already started her quilt

P1060980and I’ve started collecting

top left is a commercial fabric I’ve been hoarding for years

next to it is an old yukata with a similar design

on the right are two damask napkins that need a few more dips in the vat

it is very exciting – something to dye for

a Winter project in the works.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Lis permalink
    June 10, 2015 1:18 pm

    Wow Jean, what a wonderful piece of shibori, no wonder you are a happy dyer! Thanks for the link to my blog šŸ˜ƒ

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    • June 10, 2015 5:17 pm

      Lis – I am really happy thinking about using some of these pieces for a strippy quilt and thinking about more to do over the summer.

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  2. June 10, 2015 1:25 pm

    Oh, gorgeous!! Masterful shibori. You should be very happy indeed!

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  3. June 10, 2015 1:53 pm

    Beautiful design. Worth all your stitching time. Makes one love Indigo even more.

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  4. June 11, 2015 4:49 am

    Wow–that is so wonderful! And it will be perfect to add to a pretty, strippy quilt. Do you hold your breath when you take the stitches out of the shibori, waiting to see what the result is?

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    • June 11, 2015 8:07 am

      Kerry – it is always exciting to see a new pattern, I have to force myself to keep dipping to get a dark indigo and then wait until it is dry before removing the gathering threads (they come out much easier when dry).

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  5. June 11, 2015 7:56 am

    Delightful shibori pattern! Thanks for the tip about the extra piece of thread in the knot. Very helpful. This is going to be a fabulous quilt!

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