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  • 2010 Glennis Dolce all rights reserved www.shiborigirlstudios.com No part of this document may be reproduced or distributed in any format without permission of the author Patterns and templates are provided for personal use only and are not to be sold or distributed in any way.

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    Shibori Techniques on Silk with Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl Studios)

    using Colorhue dyes

    Lesson Five

    We have made it to Lesson Five. Now that you have had a small taste of some stitched, arashi, and itajime shibori , its now time to see what can be done with some inventive shibori (although there has already been lots of inventing so far)! I can see by the blog that you are practicing and improving your skills and ideas. Im pleased to see that you are all having lots of patience with yourselves as you work towards creating shibori that is to your liking. I am also sure that as you are working you are able to have a bigger appreciation for the traditional shibori work that you see in books and museums. Just imagine the work that goes into producing a whole bolt of shibori cloth! All those tiny kanoko knots, all the stitching- not to mention the dyeing! These days, a trip to Arimatsu will reward you with the chance to visit shops with some very beautiful shibori for sale. Unfortunately, much of the commercial shibori you see around Japan these days is being tied and stitched in China due to cost. The bound up cloth is then returned to Japan for dyeing but even that I suspect is on the wane. One man I spoke with whose family has been dyeing and tieing kanoko shibori for 5 generations is finally closing down for good. He told me that even the dyeing work that was previously sent to him was now being done over China. Thats not to say there isnt any being done in Japan but it is definitely diminishing and has been for some time now. The makers are aging and with the inability to continue making a living at it, what choice is there? This was not something they did in their spare time or a hobby done for the pleasure of it. It was a way to earn a living and as such they became very good at the process and also very inventive! If you havent already done so, take a look at my Youtube channel at some of my favorite videos. There you will find many interesting shibori and dyeing related videos. I see most of you have had a chance to watch the video on the pole wrapping process from lesson 4. Here is a photo of the finished scarf-I used very concentrated dye on the edges and center over a very light base. This has been steamed and removed from the pole bone dry to retain the pleats. In this case, since I used the Colorhue the steaming was only to set the pleats and not the dye.

  • 2010 Glennis Dolce all rights reserved www.shiborigirlstudios.com No part of this document may be reproduced or distributed in any format without permission of the author Patterns and templates are provided for personal use only and are not to be sold or distributed in any way.

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    Shibori Techniques on Silk with Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl Studios)

    using Colorhue dyes

    Lesson Five (cont) This next project is what has come to be known as everything AND the kitchen sink. I came up with this one day when I was doing some consulting for a friend who is a manufacturers rep in the housewares business. He was showing me some the rep samples that had piled up in his garage and wondering if there was anything I could use or that the kids and their friends could use to set up house as they went off to college. I saw one of those sink mat things- the clear plastic ones that cushion the sink from dishes. They have those neat holes in them and of course I thought-SHIBORI! And so it came to be. Here I used some silk ribbon (since I have a lot of it around-and hadnt tried it with ribbon before) but in the past generally I use a scarf or plain habotai or charmuese yardage. Depending on the weight of the fabric you will double the fabric so as to get a medium tight resist where the fabric is compressed through the holes. At this point, a picture will be worth a thousand words-

    So here we have the sink mat through which I have pushed fabric into the holes until it is snug creating little puffs on one side of the mat. I used an old blunt knitting needle to push the fabric through until I could grab it with my fingers and pull the fabric as far as I wanted. The video shows me doing this. Here, I have wetted out the silk in preparation for dyeing. Note that the mat, having fabric on both sides can act as a barrier to the dye. See what I mean about inventive? I will also mention to you that one of the things I love about shibori is how things look along the way- especially bound shibori. No one but you gets to see the beauty of the whole process. They only see the result. So much of the beauty occurs along the way. Its like that in life too. Pay attention to the scenery. Its not always good to focus on the destination. You might miss some interesting glimpses of that beauty!

    Shibori Techniques on Silk

  • 2010 Glennis Dolce all rights reserved www.shiborigirlstudios.com No part of this document may be reproduced or distributed in any format without permission of the author Patterns and templates are provided for personal use only and are not to be sold or distributed in any way.

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    with Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl Studios) using Colorhue dyes

    Lesson Five (cont)

    I will build up color from this point on, using increasing strengths of dye solution to achieve more interest and contrast.

    Here I have a shallow tub the mat can fit into. Since these mats are a soft plastic, you can even cut them in half. (This time I only used part of the mat.) I mixed up a medium dye solution and placed it in the shallow tub. Laying in the mat, only the bottom side soaked up the dye. I let it swish around until most of the dye was taken up by the fabric. Remove and blot on a dry towel.

    The back side that was just dyed.

  • 2010 Glennis Dolce all rights reserved www.shiborigirlstudios.com No part of this document may be reproduced or distributed in any format without permission of the author Patterns and templates are provided for personal use only and are not to be sold or distributed in any way.

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    Shibori Techniques on Silk with Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl Studios)

    using Colorhue dyes

    Lesson Five (cont)

    Here, a darker shade of purple (with some black added) was applied over the first color.

    I repeated the process to the other side using a brighter pink. Here you can see both sides as I lift the mat back and front are showing now.

  • 2010 Glennis Dolce all rights reserved www.shiborigirlstudios.com No part of this document may be reproduced or distributed in any format without permission of the author Patterns and templates are provided for personal use only and are not to be sold or distributed in any way.

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    Shibori Techniques on Silk with Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl Studios)

    using Colorhue dyes

    Lesson Five (cont)

    After completing the wraps I flipped the mat into the tub which had some of the darker purple dye in it wrapped kumo side down and additionally painted each wrap with a stripe or two of some straight black dye from base to tip (not shown here).

    Using some string, tie and secure thread around the base of each fabric puff sticking up through the mat. Proceed to wrap thread tightly around each kumo (spiderweb shibori) up to the tip and use a backward loop as you did with the makiage to secure the wraps. Cut thread and repeat over entire piece. See the demo of this on the video page.

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    Shibori Techniques on Silk

    with Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl Studios) using Colorhue dyes

    Lesson Five (cont)

    Once the dyeing was complete, I soaked the piece-mat and all- in the mild citric acid bath. Since I wanted to retain the shape on this one I wrapped it in a damp towel and carefully steamed it. I didnt let the steam get too hot or go on too long as I wasnt sure how much heat the plastic mat could take. After drying completely, I removed the resists.

    I really like the texture on this one. Its hard to appreciate in the photo but I really like the way this came out- I can see something really stunning made from this. I also ironed out a section so you could see- ultimately I ironed the texture out of the in between areas and left the texture in the kumos. This is another consideration I often contemplate- removing texture from some of the areas and leaving

    it in others.

  • 2010 Glennis Dolce all rights reserved www.shiborigirlstudios.com No part of this document may be reproduced or distributed in any format without permission of the author Patterns and templates are provided for personal use only and are not to be sold or distributed in any way.

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    Shibori Techniques on Silk with Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl Studios)

    using Colorhue dyes

    Lesson Five (cont)

    This created a very random effect in the short run but a rather predictable randomness throughout- I prefer the textured portion. Part of the point in this lesson is to look around at your surroundings. What do you have at hand that can be used in a shiboriesque way? Always ask, what if. I imagine that past shibori craftspeople were continually asking themselves that question how else would they have come up with so very many variations on a