I’m getting ready for a shibori dying day with my art quilt buddies. (Shibori is a type of dying which uses manipulation of the fabric to resist the dye in certain areas. Tie dye is an example.) There are a TON of ways to fold, roll, scrunch, and stitch fabric prior to dying to get a variety of patterns. This time I decided to do something new for me: hand stitching.
Here I’ve stitched parallel rows. When the threads are pulled tight, they create a sort of messy smocked effect. The folds will make it difficult for the dye to get into the crevices, creating a pattern.
I also stitched little rows of tucks. This photos shows them before being drawn up.
Then I got very industrious. Here, I stitched tucks in small circles and pulled them tight.
With my fabric folded in half I drew concentric semi-circles for stitching. These will yield full circles when dyed.
Allow me to say that this stitching and pulling and knotting took A LOT of time!
Next, I used a long basting stitch on my machine and did some more parallel rows and rows of tucks. MUCH faster! The only trick is to pull up only the bobbin thread.
Finally, I switched to faster non-stitching methods. I used rubber bands to hold scrunched fabric in place.
Check this out: rocks caught up in the fabric and secured with rubber bands. I used a ton!
I can’t wait to dye this stuff!
Update: Our dying day has been postponed due to COLD here in Florida! How weird is that? Our plan was to do it outside with temperatures in the 60s. That would have been fine for us, but not for the dye. The water needs to be fairly warm. I guess I get more time to prep.
P.S. I know my “cold” story isn’t getting any sympathy from your northerners and you’re right! I can’t believe the frigid temperatures I’ve seen reported! Stay warm folks.