It’s April already and March has… gone – I’m not sure where. I don’t really think I’ve risen to Sharon’s challenge to pay attention to the tiny details during March, but as the month dashed on I thought about dots and spots and decided to try a small piece of shibori, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I tied some buttons into hand dyed muslin, bound some points around them and then bound the ‘tail’ at intervals. I soaked it in soda solution for a while…

tied fabric ready for dyeing

… then dyed overnight in Procion MX marine violet…

dyed fabric ready to untie

… and ended up with this …

shibori fabric

It was exciting to see what emerged, and I’m glad I managed not to abandon this month’s challenge altogether. Shibori is definitely something I want to explore and learn how to do properly. It was magical – and fun :-).

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19 thoughts on “TIF Challenge March 2

  • April 1, 2008 at 7:33 pm
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    This is great!
    I love the images of the fabric all tied up, it’s like some amazing flower or maybe a many eyed wormy creature!!
    Caroline
    X

  • April 1, 2008 at 9:27 pm
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    Wow! How fantastic! And as you say, magical!

  • April 1, 2008 at 10:41 pm
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    Wow!! Didn’t this turn out beautiful! Overdyeing and shibori is such fun

  • April 1, 2008 at 10:43 pm
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    Have you any comments on kay Greenlees book? I can only order it unseen and would love to hear whether it is worthwhile or not?

  • April 2, 2008 at 12:16 am
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    What a delicious piece of fabric. I thought your top picture was the finished piece it looks so cool.

  • April 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm
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    i love to see what others do with shibori- makes me want to play shibori today!

  • April 2, 2008 at 6:45 pm
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    Lovely, Fiona! This would qualify for this month challenge too “changes” of the colour and pattern… I have already thought about using shibori in connestion with felt.

  • April 2, 2008 at 6:52 pm
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    The wrapped ip cloth in the greens looks a really interesting object in its own right!

  • April 2, 2008 at 8:28 pm
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    Like a few others I think that the wrapped cloth is just perfect as it is, in both colours actually 🙂 But then when opened out it is again beautiful. I had forgotten how lovely shibori can be. So you have insppired me to have a play again.

  • April 3, 2008 at 1:27 am
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    Beautiful work, nice photos. You can get hooked on this you know, smile.

  • April 3, 2008 at 9:31 am
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    great shibori! Love the darker value in the center and the way it sifts color towards the outside.
    i agree,it can qualify for this month’s challenge too.But we want to see more 🙂

    neki desu

  • April 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm
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    Scrummy dyeing, Fiona. I’m glad you didn’t give up this month too!

  • April 3, 2008 at 3:58 pm
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    I think you met the challenge!

  • April 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm
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    Thanks very much for your lovely comment on my TIF piece. Love the colours and the patterns you have created here.

  • April 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm
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    Thanks for leaving a comment on my March TIF – I never would have found you otherwise! Lovely work you’ve done – the dying is fabulous!

  • April 7, 2008 at 4:04 am
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    Now I’ve found something else to try. Your piece turned out very well, great colors.

  • April 11, 2008 at 8:31 pm
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    I thought the first picture was your finished piece – a 3D sculpture. It just got better and better!

  • May 12, 2008 at 10:46 am
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    I love what you did with this fabric! I never thought of tying buttons and beads into the fabric for shibori. I added this one to my “try it” list. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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