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, November 1, 2016

Introduction: Unusual Shibori Techniques

Greetings!  I am Diane Franklin, a fiber artist and dyer from Boston. I‘m also the author of Dyeing Alchemy, an e-book primer and workbook focusing on Procion dyeing. During the month of November, I am going to focus on snow-dyed shibori and rust-dyed shibori. Both methods allow you to get shibori effects using less traditional shibori techniques.

Way back at the beginning of the year, I wrote 3 blog posts on Procion dyeing by weight vs. volume. In those posts, I discussed a series of experiments that compared the results when dye was measured vs. weighed. You can review those posts here.

In my final post in January, I mentioned that I generally work with 5% dye concentrates rather than with dye powders. Doing so allows me to mix a variety of colors of dye from 3 primaries and sometimes black or brown. Before moving onto a discussion of the unusual shibori methods I just mentioned, in my next post, I will explain how to mix and use these concentrates since they will be used for snow-dyed shibori.


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