Sunday, February 21, 2010

On-line Shibori class

Wow! I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since my last blog post! Time has been flying lately! I finished up a wholesale tie-dye order and got it in the mail last week, then cleaned house (at last!), then started a new class on Glennis Dolce is teaching shibori techniques on silk using Colorhue dyes. I have never used these dyes before, and they are very user friendly. And although I have dabbled in shibori techniques over the past several years, I am looking forward to learning better ways to create beautiful designs using Glennis' methods. Here are pictures of a few pieces I did today:

The first photo above is of 3 inch strips of silk noil, which is a thick, nubby silk. The other two are 12 inch squares of silk habotai. As for the Colorhue dyes, they are liquid concentrates, and you add to water by dropping several drops in and stirring, then either use on undyed silks as a dye bath to add some color, or in the case of the folded squares, I swished the exposed, unclamped areas in dye, then unclamped, repositioned the resist items, reclamped, then swished in another color to create the design. I have used tin can lids before, and one time I tried the wood pieces, but I really like the 'mandala' effect I got when I changed the position of the squares and overdyed with another color. I have ordered some laser cut plexiglass shapes from a shop on etsy: She markets them as itajime supplies, and I think they are quite reasonably priced. I can't wait to get them so I can really get into more of this! Meanwhile, I just have to experiment with my regular procion mx dyes and cotton or silk soon, just to see how they come out. I'll post more pictures as I go along.

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