Shi­bori tips and hints

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Fabric Craft -

■ Steer clear of syn­thetic fi­bres only nat­u­ral fi­bre fab­rics, such as 100 per cent cot­ton, hemp, linen and silk, can be dyed. New to shi­bori? Test‑dye a few fab­ric swatches, soak­ing for be­tween 1–20 min­utes to see the ef­fect on pat­tern and colour in­ten­sity. ■ The tighter you fold or wrap, the whiter the fin­ished ef­fect; the looser, the bluer! Short soaks re­sult in finer lines of blue; long soaks mean more blue and more bleed­ing of the blue into the white space. ■ Ita­jime shi­bori is a tech­nique where the fab­ric is ac­cor­dion‑folded ver­ti­cally, then hor­i­zon­tally. The fab­ric stack is then sand­wiched be­tween 2 blocks of wood (the same size as the folded fab­ric) with only the edges of the folds ex­posed to the dye, cre­at­ing a grid‑like pat­tern. ■ Oxy­gen has a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the in­digo dye, so if you want to keep it for longer than a day, mix it in a large con­tainer and seal with an air­tight lid. When mix­ing your dye, stir gen­tly as stir­ring vig­or­ously will only oxy­genate the liq­uid. When dye­ing, keep your con­tainer cov­ered as much as pos­si­ble. ■ You can dye a large piece of fab­ric to use on one or more projects, or you can dye ready‑mades such as quilt cov­ers, table­cloths, nap­kins, cur­tains, and even clothes. The only pro­viso is the fab­ric be a nat­u­ral fi­bre. as

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