In case you haven’t noticed, I’m on a dyeing kick! Specifically, Shibori Dyeing.
Did you see Part 1 on Kumo Dyeing a Silk Scarf? So many dyeing techniques, so little time! (Apparently I’m on a pink kick, too which is pretty funny if you know me)
Unfortunately, I’ve had to rejoin the ‘real world’ and get a ‘real job’ (meh!) so I don’t have as much time to play and blog. That’s ok, though, it’s a good thing. And I’ll share as many of these goodies with you guys as I can.
Part 2 of the Shibori Series is a technique called Suji Dyeing. It’s pretty simple, really, but can produce some beautiful results! I dyed one of my cobweb felted shawls (See the tutorial here) but you can use any wool, alpaca, mohair or silk fabric.
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First thing you have to do is prepare your shawl by soaking it in warm vinegar for about 30 minutes. The vinegar changes the PH and allows the dye to bond with the fabric and make it wash-fast. Squeeze out the excess vinegar and lay your shawl flat.
Now we fold. I folded my shawl in half lengthwise and then folded it lengthwise again. Next, I carefully accordion folded it.
Tie the string at one end and then tightly wrap it around the length of your folded shawl.
Now you’re ready to dye. Mix up your dye according to package directions.
At first I thought I would paint the dye on ….
but then I decided it would be better to submerge the fabric in the dyestock to better penetrate the layers.
Set your dye by steaming or simmering according to the dye directions. Let cool and rinse well.
What do you think? You like?? What Dyeing Techniques have you tried?