Frivolous at Last shibori-dyed cotton gauze scarf

A couple of weeks ago I took a Shibori dyeing workshop at one of my local sewing studios, The Make Den. Three hours of folding, wrapping, twisting and dunking into this mess…

Bucket of indigo dye

…turned into this: yards of cool fabric plus a couple of scarves and tea towels.

Frivolous at last shibori-dyed fabric

Here are the scarves, made from white cotton gauze. The diamond pattern on the left was my favourite result so I did several pieces like this. The technique is to accordion-fold the fabric along its length, then fold it into triangles along its width and bind it up with dental floss, then dye it.

Frivolous at Last shibori-dyed cotton gauze scarves

The more random pattern on the right was created by wrapping and scrunching the fabric around a stick and binding it up with floss. I was too engrossed in my work to take in-progress pictures to give you a better sense of the process, but if you want more info on Shibori dyeing techniques this is a good... [read more]