I've fallen down a shibori rabbit hole. In case you don't know, shibori is the ancient Japanese art of indigo dyeing. Patterns are created by artfully placed folds, stitches, clamps, etc. I have not ventured into real indigo dyeing quite yet. I'm keeping it simple with dyes I already have on hand and practicing my various folds and pleats and wrapping techniques. For this experimental phase, I'm using very small pieces of PFD (prepared for dyeing) muslin. By working small, I find that I am able to test out numerous variables with a limited commitment of time. Here's a peek at the samples I've made so far:
If you're curious about shibori, here are a few resources:
The thing I really like about shibori is that it is both incredibly simple and incredibly complicated at the same time. You can do it -- like me -- in an afternoon with household supplies. Or you can spend years mastering folding and stitching techniques and end up with amazing art cloth! It's the kind of art form that you can spend a lifetime trying to master, but also enjoy dabbling in!
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