Posts Tagged ‘hand dyeing’

dipping into shirokage

July 10, 2016

Shirogake (white shadow) shibori has been dangling like a carrot before me for some time. The pattern mystified me to be honest. Then a friend went to an out of state exhibit where a kimono in the pattern was on display.   She sent a photo and I was hooked (again).  To bring it about took some time.

wrapped on a pole

wrapped on a pole

After stitching the pattern and pulling it up, all I wanted was to dye it – see those results! In my haste and excitement, I forgot the next step – wrapping it against a rope or pole. Then, I realized what I was doing and stopped. I wrapped it against a pipe and continued on, hoping I hadn’t spoiled the shirokage. If I did, well, I’d try again.

unbinding from the pole

unbinding from the pole

In removing the piece from the pole, there seemed to be some resist. So, something worked.

before releasing the stitches

before releasing the stitches

The proof would be in removing the stitches and it seemed to work. The question was whether or not the pattern could be read.

releasing the pattern

releasing the pattern

It isn’t completely shiro, but the pattern can be read. It works…well enough to at least give an understanding of the technique and theory. This was practice, theory, learning, experiment…it’s all it can be and quite satisfying.  Yes, I would do this again.

the pattern - not completely "shiro" and blue, but it can be read.

the pattern – not completely “shiro” and blue, but it can be read.


Rabbit & Moon quilt

May 22, 2013

Rabbit & Moon quilt

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

It’s finally complete and ready for exhibit. At the moment I’m referring to it as “Rabbit & Moon” and my readers know that it’s a favorite motif that speaks of home. It measures roughly 30 x 52 inches and the work is entirely by hand (also linen & cotton). Of course, the patterning is in shibori and indigo dye.

It won’t be exhibited as hoped and planned though, as I just this morning, received notification that the event won’t be taking place. I’m disappointed needless to say and not just for myself. I’m sure there must be some good reasons for it.

However all of that is, I’m looking forward to this summer’s possibilities at Artspace – teaching the craft to the two Youth groups – classes scheduled in August.

The students are always enthusiastic participants and I learn from them. In the mean time, there’s much to explore in the studio.

Art Fest

August 14, 2009


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

The art fest is tomorrow and I’ve been working on “presentation,” more like samples and imagery for teachers and other folk to peruse when they come to my booth. From the early response I’ve had so far, I’ll be doing a little more shibori this coming school year than last – so it appears.

I’m thinking now of an upcoming fall residency at a nearby elementary school where butterflies will be the theme and I’m wondering about shibori with 2nd graders. I think they can do it, but it will be a challenge (for some). It should be a challenge. It challenges high school kids, but it’s also not so difficult.

So, this is a first attempt at play. I wouldn’t work with these colors necessarily, probably something brighter and I’m wondering if some stamping, fabric marker or stitching (embroidery) couldn’t be added to help further define the insect.

Matcha Green all lined up

March 23, 2009


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

This morning, first thing, I washed out the excess dye and hung 75 small squares on the line. They measure about 12 x 13 inches. I’m not sure all of them will be used in the final project. It was a pleasant task though. Hanging them in the cool and light of an early spring morning with bird and insect call in the background. I heard traffic too, but tried not to pay too much attention to that. I much prefer hanging pieces on the line as opposed to the dryer.

Magic cloth

February 15, 2009


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

This is what I really love about hand dyeing-the magic that happens beneath the surface. It can’t be predicted. I wasn’t sure how it would work considering the fabric. In the end, it softened and I can’t compare it to canvas, except maybe when it’s wet. Spread on a table, it’s wonderful. I love the texture and weight of it-not to mention the pattern. To me, it’s far more than just the material and technique. I love it and can’t wait to share it.

This week, I deliver it to my niece who is an aircraft test engineer. I’m hoping these star bursts, solar flares or whatever they are and whatever else she sees in this piece will serve her well.

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