Shibori Folding and Dyeing – Karamatsu and Arashi

Karamatsu – is a circular design created by using stitch as a resist. I also used stitch to create concertina folds and a leaf pattern.  As you can see my skill with this technique still needs some work.  However, happy accidents can still produce interesting patterns. This piece was dyed with blackberries.



Arashi or pole wrapping involves wrapping the fabric around a stick, bottle or similar object, using elastic bands to hold in place and squashing the ends together to create tight pleats. Sometimes this can result in undyed areas but in this case I have achieved different intensities of dye, depending on how near the surface/close contact with the dye the fabric lay. Blueberries were used in this dye bath.



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