Created on February 28th 2008

This workshop focuses on expanding the limits of nuno felting techniques, designing a fabric with a base of sheer silk, gauze, or netting, upon which we compose with other sheer fabrics–yarns, metallic additions, merino wool, silk roving, etc. Create ultrasheer and gossamer fabrics, or thick and multi-layered fabrics with cut-out techniques to enhance design possibilities. Add embellishments and you have the beginnings of fantastic ensembles and accessories.

Shibori is the Japanese version of elaborate tie and dye patterning, or bound-resist shaping, that has existed for centuries. Patterns were traditionally created with indigo, but now shibori is commonly used with chemical dyes and discharge as well as with natural dyes. The patterns and designs created with shibori techniques are useful in contemporary designs for wearable and other fabric arts. In this workshop we learn and practice four basic shibori techniques–binding (kumo patterns and circles), stitching, folding (on a rope, and with wooden blocks and clamps in itajime), and arashi, or pole wrapping.
After dyeing a solid color on our fabrics, we’ll apply shibori techniques, then discharge and overdye. I’ll teach immersion and steam-set techniques as well as a quicker microwave dyeing process for silk. Sampling will allow you to experiment with many shibori patterns; then you’ll create your final project, a pre-hemmed silk scarf with your chosen designs and colors.

This quick and easy technique for dyeing silk is a good short-cut tool for dyers, especially those who do a lot of discharge and overdye work on silk. Learn how to make simple stock solutions from both fiber reactive dyes and acid dyes, as well as the vinegar solution that sets them both on silk. We’ll cover all the do’s and don’ts of this technique, as well as safety issues involved, and inspire you to experiment with this speedy dye process. Also, we’ll be using basic shibori techniques in the dye process.

This workshop focuses on pole-wrapping shibori techniques and teaches how to maintain a pleated or textured surface on the fabric. In this class we’ll create a small scarf and a larger shawl-sized garment. First we’ll wrap pre-dyed, prehemmed scarves, discharge and overdye, then dry and unwrap them. Once we’ve experienced these basics of pole wrapping, each participant will dye a larger piece with a background color, then wrap, discharge, and overdye, leaving the larger piece of silk to dry overnight. Results are two fantastic additions to a wardrobe and a knowledge of arashi shibori techniques.

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