Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saving shibori texture

A tip I was given at the Tauranga workshop to save the texture created in loom controlled shibori when laundering is to put the item in a stocking or pantihose and gently lower it into wash water. I have had a scarf sitting around here for some time because I didn't like the colours so I put it in pantihose and soaked it a short time then put it into a dyebath of weak red (about half a teaspoon of dye powder to 5 litres of water) and nearly boiling water and turned the heat source off. It absorbed just enough dye to blend all shades and now looks great. It might be an exhibition entry! The pantihose are now red also.

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