A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Shibori Folding--no 1. (again)

This post is Nienka's first instructional post from November 2, 2013.  It is pretty basic which is a great place to start but wait till you see some of her later posts!

To start this series, I want to show you two ways to fold a grid pattern.
The first one  (right) is known as the 'flagfold' I think, and the other one is just a variation. I made an example in paper as it is easier to make a picture of this:

You see the difference in the starting point. For both, fold a rectangle piece of fabric like this:

Then start folding the triangle each with another starting point, but after the start just make sure you outline one of the triangle sides along the long side of the fabric:

Clamp your folded triangle accordion between two glass coasters with some rubber bands:

Now it's time to make your dye bath. Don't forget to add soda and salt as you want the dye to move through the water, looking for fabric to attach on ;-). And be generous, mix at least 3 pure colours, for a nice colour splitting effect.

Leave these packages at least one night in the dyebath. Rinse cold before un-clamping your fabric! Now it's time to unfold your package, and follow your regular rinse-process. Voila:

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