Monday, May 25, 2009

New pattern

For a long time, I have admired shibori patterns I have seen done by other dyers. I have even dabbled a little with some patterns, but never buckled down to learn proper methods. BTW, for those unfamiliar with the term, Shibori is a Japanese word that encompasses a number of different methods of resist-dyeing, using stitching, clamping or binding methods. I recently bought a wonderful book that delves into the history of the techniques as well as wonderfully illustrated instructions. So after doing a little experimenting, I completed my first 'mokume', or wood-grain patterned tank yesterday.

Actually, my first experiment combined mokume with karamatsu, which is a concentric circle pattern:

I decided that combining the stitches made the shirt very busy, so I will probably use them separately in most cases.
These are only two of the methods described in the book, and I plan to experiment with others, as well as continue with some I have already used in the past, such as pole wrap, clamping and binding. But I think I can improve on my execution of these techniques as well... so stay tuned!