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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Experiments with Shibori Puckers and Pattern

I've ironed a tiny piece to let you see the pattern. To achieve this, I simply "poked" my finger up through a section of silk, "poked" the center inward, took and stitch to hold it in place using quilting thread and tightly wound the thread around this bubble. I made these bubbles as close together as I possibly could before overdying the original color which was a soft robin's egg blue, with golden brown -- a little heavier in some areas. When I get a chance to play again, I'll dye the base using a mix of colors and then overdye again using a mix to see what happens! Great fun and what a surprise when you remove the thread. One hint: use magnifying reading glasses to remove the thread to avoid holes in the fabric!

I'm fascinated with shibori - there are many different types and I'm enamored with pole wrapping. Lately, I've decided I want to expand my knowledge and although I already own one fabulous book by Karren Brito "Shibori - Creating Color and Texture on Silk", I've ordered another from Amazon by Yoshiko Wada since I want to delve more into stitching and overdying.

Some time ago, I purchased a piece of shibori cotton that fascinated me with the color pattern so I decided to make an attempt on one the soft robin's egg blue silk pieces dyed last week and this is the yummy result of overdying it with a golden brown acid dye. I'm thrilled. This is a small piece and the color is variegated throughout - more brown in some areas than others as you see.
You must leave it to dry completely before removing the thread. When I pulled the puckers apart, there is a definite pattern and I ironed a small piece to let you see although I do love those puckers! You can iron the whole piece to use as a patterned piece for a quilt piece or other project; however to keep the puckers and use it that way, just iron some lightweight fusible web to the back - when I get the time to experiment more, I'll post the results.
It began with the silk piece below and you can see what it looks like after stitching and over-dyeing.


  1. Dear Margot,thanks to a felt friend and blogger too, I came on your blog.This makes me so happy because you make such beautiful things...I've not enough time now to start at the beginning of your blog but what I've seen until now....Margo you wil see me here very often..(excuse me for my English) felting became my passion 15 years ago and it's a never ending story. I make a different kind of felt and combine pictures of my felt with words about my search to my deeper self. Felting does that to me, I translate my feelings into felt. well if you don't mind I make a link to your blog. I think you make a lot of people happy with your beautiful work. greetings yvette ( )

  2. Yvette, what a lovely soft name you have. Compliments coming from you are really special and appreciated. Your English is wonderful!!!

    You managed to put my feelings about felt into words - felting is indeed very passionate and allows us to express ourselves in very different ways -- even when using the same materials. Please do link to my blog - one day when I have the time, I will make links too:

  3. Your colour combinations are beautiful!

  4. thank you Rosalind!