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« on: February 21, 2010 10:45:06 AM »

I've done a limited amount of itajime shibori using clamped resists.  Here are some results from this weekend:

1. start with fabric. In this case, a habotai scarf that didn't dye the way I wanted previously:

2. fold the scarf into a smaller and more manageable shape:

3. other tools needed include small clamps

and resist shapes, in this case wooden stars. Metal objects or anything that can withstand the dyebath will work.  These stars are precut shapes easily found in the woodcraft area of craft stores, but you need to use the extra thick cutouts as the thinner cutouts are not strong enough.

4. Place resists on both sides of the folded fabric, lined up together, and clamp down as tight as possible.  Clamp on as many resists as you want, then soak in a bucket of water for at least 30 minutes (this is important!).

5.  Dye the clamped fabric. I used black acid dyes on this scarf. Stir around and try to get the multiple layers of fabric to soak up the dye. When finished, remove the clamps and wash the fabric.

6. It can be hard to get dye into all layers. In this case, the contrast is not that strong, and the underlying colors show through somewhat (the camera flash makes it a bit worse too)

The scarf at the top of the post was similarly dyed, but with a white base. You can more easily see how the top layers of the folded scarf dyed very dark, but the inner layers are more splotchy.
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010 11:17:38 AM »

Great project!  Thanks for the tutorial.  I can't wait to try it out with our Crafternoon Delight group.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2010 11:26:16 AM »

Neat idea!! Thanks for the tute!!
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2010 03:31:36 PM »

That's very cool!!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2010 05:37:36 PM »

I love the final result!!  Great instructions...I will definitly try this!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2010 09:45:09 PM »

That is Beautifull! I will also give this a try!

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010 08:13:18 AM »

This is beautiful. Thanks fro the tutorial.
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2010 11:53:55 PM »

Lovely! I rather like the colours showing through.
If you want a traditional method of getting a deep black, you could always try 'Nagoya black' - which involves dyeing the fabric twice. First you dye with deep red or dark blue (depending if you want a cool or warm black) then once that dye is fixed, you dye again with your black. It takes longer, but Nagoya dyers are famous for producing a true long-lasting black.

« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2010 09:50:18 PM »

Thanks for detailed instructions.. Thats really cool. I'm sure the next one will be even better and this one was pretty awesome!

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I love the stars!

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