In the second post for High Noon in January I had included a picture of a piece of fabric prepared for Shibori-dyeing, which drew a positive comment from Claire. To which I replied that I would finally do something to this piece, which had been waiting for a long time, and that I would do it ‘this month’. That was February. Nothing like a public statement to put a bit of pressure on yourself! On February 28 I finally mixed the color with which I wanted to dye the various pieces I had prepared, some of them long ago, some just recently.
These are photos of stages of the process:
|Wetting the pieces to slow down the process |
of the colour molecules binding with the fabric
(I learned that when translating for Jan Myers-Newbury)
|Each piece gets its own container, although they |
will all be treated with the same colour
|Not a whole lot of water, although more than with |
Low Water Immersion Dyeing
|Set out to dry before removing the pebbles|
I was lucky in that I had a visitor last week who turned helper for removing the stones – my supporting dyer Regine, who already was a companion when I was dyeing the samples collection that finally led to the beginnings of my fabric club and dyeing business. This time, she was paid well with several litres of freshly brewed ginger-lemon-tea.
There is a lot of experimenting ahead of me. Even though I don't really feel drawn to wrapping fabric around poles and tyeing it - mostly because of the limitation in size of fabric pieces that can be treated. But there are many pieces in my collection that promise interesting results. And take a lot less time than tieing in pebbles. Which I will still do more of, this was so much fun (except the taking-out-the-stones part of it...).