Sunday, August 2, 2009

Karamatsu Shibori Part 2


I was unsure of what results I would get yesterday. There is a moment, as dye is applied to these delicately resisted pieces of fabric, when you think "oh, I don't believe that the resist can possibly be strong enough" Its not unreasonable to doubt it. After all those pleats are only 1/8 of an inch tall and fiber reactive dyes are really quite strong.


I applied the dye to the fabric by brushing and dabbing it on with a foam brush. It was unthickened and to the eye it seemed to make it into every nook and corner in the bound design. Those pleats might be tiny but they held firm. I'm really pleased with the results. They are much better than I expected in that moment of doubt. Maybe I will try another using thickened dye to see if I can get more uniform results along the length of the design...

I used a rusty orange color that I think will compliment the orange of the old pillow.

Anyone else notice that I seem to have alot of projects in orange/rust colors? It's kind of weird. I can't really say that those are colors that I am especially drawn to but they seem to come up alot for me.

4 comments:

jude said...

i have noticed your sunny palette. i always dip my experiments and just realized i should be brushing on the color. tks.

leilani said...

This is an absolutely wonderful piece!

ever jeanne said...

hubba hubba.

alsokaizen said...

Thanks guys!
jude my binding never seems to be quite tight enough and I find dabbing the colors on gives me some control, additionally thickeners really help and wetting out the fabric is definately necessary to get the patterns to stay.