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Friday, January 4, 2013

Wool Shibori


Have been having a great time working with wool and acid dyes. Here is an example done by making a sleeve of this tropical weight wool and sliding it tightly down a PVC pole. Take it out, twist it a bit and then over dye it. This wool has a slight crispness so it holds its wrap nicely.

Tropical weight wool itajame with grey velvet.

This is itajime, shapes are clamped onto folded fabric and then dyed. I pieced it together with grey velvet.
Discharged wool knit, lined in silk charmeuse.

This was all that deep reddish brown and is a wool knit jersey. I gathered the width of the knit and bound it with string. It discharged to a disappointing bubble gum pink... so back into the pot to be over dyed a bit with a chartreuse which did the trick. It is lined in a luscious cream charmeuse  and has a grey silk caps on the ends. It is really lovely in MHO.
Tropical weight wool

Wool crepe and velvet. Itajime.

Bomaki tied in overhand knots and overdyed green.

I loved this one. It was still in the 80's when it was made last September and I sold it almost immediately. It went to a good home. I was using up old MX dye that I had and read that if you treated stale dye like an acid dye it would work. I have no complaints. I do love the serged edge on this one.
Itajime and tropical weight wool.

I love the way this one retains its folds while on the body.
Wool crepe italjime with grey velvet caps

Another of the wool crepe dyed with the old MX. Sold the same September day. I do hope it is out and about this cold January.


Wool knit itajame
Pieced wool chalis and silk

More wool kit

I learned this technique this summer from Elin Noble.. she is a great teacher. The grey and violet scarf above was made from this itajime technique.

Induction Hot Plate

Another thing I learned from Elin was what a joy it would be to invest in the induction hot plate. This puppy allows me to heat use 22+ gallon stainless steel stock pots full of dye in a flash. I don't think I would have been doing this work without it. 

Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely work Dianne. Funny you should mention the induction plate. I just treated myself to one for Christmas!