Friday, May 7, 2010

Woven Shibori - Done, Done, Done

Woven Shibori is just like a box of chocolates ‘cause you just don’t what you're gonna get until you cut it open! There are so many variables that you just can't predict how the dye, water and weave will react!This is scarf number One which was woven exactly as I created the pattern….I dyed it with salmon on side one and fuscia on side two. This one had the greatest number of pattern threads per inch, so the greatest amount of pleating.You can see that the each side of the scarf is unique.Scarf number Two was dyed in jade green and purple stripes. It was painted the same on both sides and had the fewest number of pattern threads per inch, consequently the least amount of pleats.Although it looks as if there is texture, the weave is smooth. This is really all about colour.I think that number Three is my all over favourite; it will just look great with denim. I have dyed this combination before, but it looks very different from the first scarf which had a twill ground and this one has a tabby ground. Scarves three and four have pleating in the mid range.The scarf was painted jade green on one side and royal blue on the other, so very lovely..and completely different looking on each side.This one is hot, hot, hot….just like an Okanagan summer! Scarf number Four was painted orange on both sides and then fuscia was dropped randomly on top. It is stunning and the photo just doesn’t do it justice, my camera just didn't capture the amazing colour at all well. The Procion MX mix that I used on each of the scarves was for medium value, but they still came out very bright and rich.

On a completely different note, I live in a rural area of British Columbia and our water supply is from a high plateau lake. This makes our water prone to spring turbidity(dirt) due to run off, and fall staining as the leaves fall into the lake and leach out their colour. The end result is that white clothing in my neck of the woods is iffy at best. I recently went shopping for a bra and found a smokin’ deal on my favourite brand, but it is white – drat! Not any more! The Shibori dye day gave me a great dark purple left over and I was looking forward to a bright purple bra, but after rinsing it came out this stunning pink/lilac! I'm happy anyway!

14 comments:

Spinning Out of Control said...

I love the purple and green...my favorite color combo :)

dorothylochmaben said...

Lynnette - the scarves are stunning ! I had no idea that was how they would turn out ! The colours are wonderful and would certainly cheer someone up. What a great technique ! I think my favourite is the green and purple although the turquoise would be a very close second !

evelynoldroyd said...

Stunning results! Inspires me to get mine finished! And the bra dyeing is such a great idea! mix and match for your wardrobe.

Susan said...

Hhmm, airing our laundry on line are we? :) Sorry, couldn't resist...
I did my last white bra in cold strong tea which did the trick but it turned out patchy. Looks like I have a bad rash when I wear it (but only I see it)

The scarves are amazing! (don't you wish we could come up with a few new words some times?) My favourite is the hot orange with pink. I can see that I'm going to have to give shibori a try as the results are so much fun.
I can see that shibori could become addictive!

Susan

marion said...

I couldn't help it but I had to smile when I read your post. You first wrote about how boring the weaving was and now they turn out to be such gorgious scarves so I felt happy for you and then came your bra! :-) Smile, big smile. It is still on my face while writing this. Such a nice way to start a day.

Maggie said...

Those are absolutely beautiful! And the bra is the perfect color now! You'll feel happy wearing it!

textrix said...

The scarves are just wonderful!!!

Kim said...

I LOVE dyeing, it just makes me happy! How can anyone not smile when faced with such beauty as your scarves? The bra is a classic case of lemonade too! Makes me wish for more lemons!

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

The scarves are beautiful!!! Not to mention your bra!

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

All the scarves are gorgeous!! You got some fabulous results.

Restless Knitter said...

I love them all, though I think 3 is my favorite also. I like what you can do with shibori, I'm just not ready to dye my own at this point. I have too many other things I want to learn first. Someday....

charlotte said...

The scarves are just fantastic! Every piece is so special, congratulations!

Rachel Q. said...

I'm unfamiliar with your technique. So did you dip the scarves in the water/dye? or did you "paint" it on? LOVELY! I recently acquired a small loom and some beautiful yarn, so now I'm excited to learn how to weave!

Lynn Majidimehr said...

Your shibori scarves are gorgeous!