I learned something new this month- a way to do shibori that does not involve string and trying to get arthritic hands to wrap and shove fabric down a pipe. It's as simple as roll and push- really!
My first piece was done with charcoal gray. I got some splitting, but not a lot- which made me happy. Then I tried another with navy blue- which, since I messed up with my calculations, came out a medium blue.
This was nice, but I wanted more depth. So, I took the blue piece, rolled it again so the light end was on top this time, and overdyed with a red. I was feeling lazy and not wanting to mix up dye solutions, so I used some that I had stored in the frig. And this is what came out of the second dye bath--
I am really happy with this. It got me thinking about possibilities for another tree quilt- think snowy, stormy night in the forest. I think this is one I will have to plan out carefully, both with fussy cutting fabric and planning my layout. I don't think slash and stitch would do justice to the fabric. I also want to be able to control the direction of the lines on the shibori fabric.
I am planning some time off work to dye fabric, and this will definitely be part of what I do. Our temperatures are heading into triple digits this week- perfect for dyeing!!
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