03 January 2011

First ever pole wrapped shibori

OK. I was pretty jazzed this morning knowing I would have a chunk of time to try this technique. It was a cross between just jumping in the cold water and ripping off the bandaid...Yicks!!
I stated out cutting a bunch of fat halfs. I use this technique to cut lengths of fabric to eliminate the long unraveling threads on the cut edge. I measure my length (1 yard), fold and make a diagonal cut ( 1/2 ") on the one yard line, then tear. No strangely annoying threads strangling my fabric in the washer. Sorry about the 2 blurry pics.

 Blurry but you get the idea. This is a real frustration saver. Can't remember where I saw this hint. Next I washed all fabric in hot water with Prosapol (Synthrpol). Next I soda soaked the first piece.
Then I laid out the fabric on my work table, folded fabric in half to make the fat half 18X22.

Then I wrapped the fabric diagonally on to the pole.

 I attached rubber bands at the top and bottom and slid the fabric down to the bottom and scrunched it up as tightly as possible.
I had some great nylon twine that would have been great but after searching my entire barn, I remembered a man dumped crushed rock right where I had laid it down. Won't be seeing that twine any time soon. I had purchased this beautiful hemp for jewelry making so since I didn't feel like running out to buy twine, I decided to use that. I was afraid the hemp might soak up the dye too much and ruin thew resist but I tried it first. I tied a loop to start

then threaded the end of the twine through the loop and made a noose around the fabric and started wrapping. At the end I made another loop about a foot from the end, wrapped to the end and threaded the end through the second loop and made a half hitch to secure it.

Then I applied the indigo colored dye (ProChemical) with a foam brush HEAVILY until it puddled on the table. I rolled it around in the dye to make sure it was soaked and put a plastic bag on the end.

This thought just jumped out at me from the universe: Why not heat up my Thera Pac for my neck (a hot rice bag) and place it around the dyed fabric to keep it warm and speed the batching. You have to realize it's COLD here in Maine so I was going for all the warmth I could get.
After only an hour, I rinsed with pretty hot water, cut the rope, unwrapped and removed the fabric. Then I washed it in HOT water and prosapol in a basin.
 and here it is dried and ironed

Here are some pics of Khaki that I wrapped straight. I don't think I like it and I found the ink on the pipe came off on the fabric.

 print from pipe.

I am doing more and will post future creations. This was fun...


  1. Those are so awesome, I love both of them. You can re-do the Khaki one with another color (like orange) if you don't like how it looks!

  2. I like both of them a lot. I really like the gradient effect of the tan. It would be cool folded in reverse and done again with another color or a darker brown.

  3. I will definitely do more to the khaki one. The second indigo and khaki (still drying) are both bolder and I folded the khaki #2 in half and rolled diagonally. Looks nice. Stop by tomorrow for the big reveal!

  4. The khaki reminds me of dried grasses in autumn. I love them both. Thanks for posting about these on the Dyer's list.


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