Handmaker's Factory

Silk Scarf Shibori Workshop

 

We had the best time in our Shibori workshop on Saturday! Rosalind talked us through the various Shibori techniques of dyeing silk. 

shibori workshop

We started off by creating samples of the three techniques/ First we tried Kumo, wrapping small round pebbles into our silk with thread before painting the fabric with dye. shibori workshop

I love the little peaks that are formed!

shibori workshop

shibori workshop

shibori workshop

Then we moved on to Arashi. This one took some time and patience! Wrapping the silk around a piece of pvc pipe and tightly binding it with thread. Then we painted the fabric. Adding folds into the fabric and varying the amount of thread produced interesting results.

shibori workshop

shibori workshop

Brianna unintentionally discovered that the black dye we were supplied was for cellulose fibres (from a plant) rather than the protein fibres (from an animal) we were using after mixing some into the blue dye and ending up with the results seen below. The black dye had separated from the blue!

shibori workshop

We then tried the Itajime method of folding and clamping using large clamps, bulldog clips and blocks of wood.

shibori workshop

shibori workshop

Once we had finished our samples we drank tea and ate cake whilst deciding which method we'd like to use for our final piece, a silk scarf. 

Here are the results.

 shibori workshop

shibori workshop  

shibori workshop

shibori workshop

shibori workshop

shibori workshop        

Rosalind will be teaching another Silk Scarf Shibori class on April 26th. You can book your spot here.

rag weaving

She will also be teaching the art of rag weaving On March 29th. In this class you will learn the concept of weaving and how plain weave works, how to create a warp and how to make shafts for plain weave. You will also receive your very own handmade weaving frame to take home with you! Book your spot here.

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