Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spotlight on Constance Rose

I know I said I was going to convert this blog to strictly tie-dye information, but I have a 'blog' friend who is incredibly talented, and she has a blog where she is offering hand-dyed fabrics, art quilts, beaded jewelry, woven scarves, etc. It is well worth a visit to see her work, and maybe part with a little money to own some of her gorgeous creations! Click here to visit her blog. I'm also going to add her to my side bar for future reference.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Another new site

I am posting another link to a very talented shibori artist, Glennis Dolce. If you are interested in learning techniques for tying, dyeing, etc., do check her out at Her blog is full of great information, videos, and she also teaches at! Score!

Friday, February 12, 2010

New link for shibori information

I just added a link to 'Entwinements', Karren Brito's blog, on my sidebar under 'tie-dye How to Information'. Karen specializes in Shibori dyeing, and has a book out on the subject, "Shibori: Creating Color and Texture on Silk". I posted this because of the great information she has on her blog regarding how to tie, stitch, fold, etc... in addition to dyeing methods. Since tie-dye is an offshoot of shibori, the information can be helpful to anyone interested in learning the various resist methods.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

More Bamboo pattern

I dyed another shirt using the 'Bamboo' pattern, and I think I'm getting closer to what I want. This shirt is a lot thinner than the tank I tried originally:

I have some more 'batching' that I dyed today, and I have made some alterations to the way I wrapped the sinew. In addition, I used direct application to dye this shirt, presoaking in soda ash solution. The original attempt was done using low water immersion dyeing, and then applying the soda ash solution after. I think this is a case where direct application gives a better result, due to the tightly wrapped garment. Pre-soaking allows the solution to be absorbed better, which allows the dye to bond to the fabric more completely. More to come...