I spent most of today with my good friend, Susan, and her sister, Kathy, who is visiting from Japan. We dyed a variety of things using an indigo dye kit. It was a perfect day to be outside in Susan's beautiful back yard. I took several pictures of things as they came out of the dye pot; here is a silk scarf with marbles tied in:
This is an experiment in Arashi shibori, also known as pole-wrapped shibori. The fabric (in this case, a silk scarf) is wrapped around a length of pvc pipe, secured with cotton yarn, and then immersed in the dye bath.
Susan set up a system of drying racks, here draped with skeins of yarn, silk scarves, Susan's tennies, etc.
Below is a close-up of Susan's Indigo Converse All-stars!
The scarf on the left was folded, clamped, and overdyed. The one on the right is the final result of pole-wrapping.
More scarves, various resist techniques:
Some of our results after removing wrappings, bindings, clips, etc:
What a great day! Fun to be with friends and experience something new! Plus, we took a break and had a delicious lunch at Zena's in Orange, an excellent Lebanese restaurant.
After coming home I rinsed my scarves and yarn and hung them to dry. Can't wait until tomorrow to see the final results!