Usually when I do shibori, I wrap the soda-soaked fabric around the PVC pole, wrap string around it, sometimes a rubber band at each end, scrunch it down, dip in or drizzle over with dye, batch, remove rubber bands, untie string, unwind string, unwrap fabric, rinse, wash, iron, and enjoy. Phew. I'm tired just writing about it.
But there has to be an easier way. Right? Since most of the work is in the prep, what if a couple of the steps were eliminated? Like the string. It's a hassle. And, I've discovered, not really necessary.
I like this one just the way it is. I used one of the smaller diameter poles for this.
The one wrapped around the largest diameter pose was not that interesting -- a perfect candidate for over-dyeing.
Next: The over-dye results