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Friday, October 10, 2014

WEEK 2: Curved Line Resist


The curved lines were so much fun to create! I actually continued to make more in response to the question "What if I tried..." I have posted extra finished results at the end of the report.

Sample 1: Machine stitched resist
I randomly folded a piece of Cotton Sateen and pressed in the folds. I then stitched curved lines using a scallop stitch, triangle satin stitch and a triple stitch. The last one, the triple stitch, was almost ineffective. I am liking the broken designs of the other two stitches when the stitching was removed as well as the infinite variety of color hue depending on whether it was on a thickly folded or less thickly folded area. 

Sample 2: Scrolls
This piece was originally dyed  pink on cotton. After the scrolls and small circles were drawn up, it was dyed in antique bronze. Not the best choice of color.

Sample 3: water?
A piece of raw silk was folded in half, stitches and drawn up snugly and dyed in blue. More white showed than anticipated. Perhaps due to the thickness of the fabric and tightness of compression.

Sample 4: Circles
A variety of circles were stitched on a piece of test 400 fabric (cotton). I love the depth and dimension created by the resist.

Sample 5: Spiral
A simple spiral was created using two pieces of Dharma rayon fabric. The spiral was tightly drawn up and dyed in a fuchsia mix of dye. Love the boldness and clarity of the design.

                                   the orientation of the second piece has been rotated

Sample 6: Cursive writing
On a whim I wrote in cursive script, "Shibori" and stitched and drew in the resist. I originally did it in blue but the dye was too old and did not take well. I restitched it to try again. I was surprised how many breaks I had to make in the stitching to be able to pull it tightly. The tiny circles (dots for the i's) did not show well- there were only three or four tiny stitches. It opens the possibility to try again with other words.


watery lines that hit the wrong dye pots! I intended to make them blue but once drawn up it was hard to remember what the design was so they were randomly assigned to dye pots.  Scarlet is Dharma rayon, darker one is linen.

half to two-third circles stitched randomly

The lines piled up on one another and created areas 
where the dye could not penetrate well.

short wavy lines on linen

Curved flower -
The rayon fabric was folded in fourths and three lines of stitching were done. These were pulled up snugly and the resulting bundle was dyed in a blue and rust orange mixture.

·     ·          Fabric can be folded too thick. In the case of the raw silk and water
      lines, a single layer would have given a more believable water line. In the
      case of the curved flower, the design would  have been more appealing if  
      folded in half rather than fours. The tightly drawn lines  with the four
      folds blurred some of the lovely curves. This was made on rayon. Trial  
      and error will dictate what is too much fabric.
·         Machine stitched resist is easy. It is not so easy to remove! Choose  
      stitches which will give impact. I did not adjust tension on the stitches.
·         Best results were obtained with rayon and linen for depth of color and
·         My muddy scroll reminds me to choose the colors that you are
      using together carefully. Other choices would have had much more impact.
·         If you wish to dye the sample in a specific dye color, mark it on the
     fabric-  otherwise when the fabric is drawn up, you may not/will not
     recognize it!
·        Curved lines made for more interesting designs than just straight lines.

  Till next week-


  1. great examples of curved stitched shibori!
    I especially like the first one with all the different brightnesses of the white!

  2. Beautiful lines and a lot of different experiments with it. Love the colours you used.

  3. These are great. Really makes me want to jump in and try it. The idea of machine stitched resist is very appealing to me. (Cuz I'm lazy and don't like hand stitching.)

  4. Oh, machine stitching. Nice to know about this option. Those circles and spirals are ever so appealing.

  5. That machine stitch resist is intriguing!!! Love your results!

  6. I think the curved flower could easily be worked into with stitch to make a believable tiger lily.
    Sandy in the UK


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