Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Woven Shibori (3)

This is an Overshot sample where two slightly different drafts have been used with the same threading.

The Monk's Belt sample was shown previously

This is the BRONSON example, halfway through the tying up process. The photos say Monk's Belt but it was Bronson.

Both samples tied up. The use of a mercercised cotton for the pattern threads made the tying up process easy as it slipped through the weaving quite happily.

These samples were dyed using Catherine Ellis's instructions  (her book 'Woven Shibori'') for Procion Mx. The colour used was red-brown. It took about 1.5 hours in all although I did not have to be present for all of the last hour.

I sat outside in the sunshine at the end and removed all the tying threads. This photo was taken with the dyed samples on the patio table. They are still damp and presumably the red-brown will be lighter when dry.

I think I prefer the Bronson especially P1.

I have used up the remnants of the dye bath of some tie-dyed cotton which has come out nicely. The bath still seems to be alive so I am wondered about another few bits of cotton!!

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.