Spiral shibori samples

I was pleased with the previous shibori test but felt that on white it was too clean looking. I decided to do some further samples…

I first dyed some cotton fabric in walnut husks to give an aged feeling, I then stitched it and dyed just the stitched section in indigo dye.

Cotton fabric dyed in walnut husks then stitched, just the stitched section dyed in indigo.

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Detail to show walnut dyed area

With the second one I stitched some white cotton and dyed the stitched section in indigo, I then dyed just the un-stitched section in walnut dye. This was quite tricky to do. Indigo dyeing is quite a quick process , you get good colour pretty quickly with a somple dip. But walnut dyeing is a longer process and so needs to be held in place for some time to get any good colour take up.

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white cotton stitched and just stitched area dyed in indigo. un-stitched area dyed with walnut husks.

The first sample I think works better because I was able to fully submerge the fabric and leave it to dye, getting a much more aged and generally grubby appearance.

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