Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stones and 3D Shibori

 Over at the "...Fire" blog this month's technique is 3D Shibori.  Here is a link to Nienke's wonderful post on this fun technique.  Apparently if you tie up "stuff" in polyester and boil it, it will change the shape of the fabric.

I was all excited about this and eagerly scouted my local thrift store for polyester scarves.  No, I didn't seem to have any of my own and because it's October in Wisconsin, the only scarves I found were the knitted variety that are supposed to be worn for warmth rather than style.


I did score a beautiful navy blue silk scarf that I'll be using in a future discharge experiment, but I found only one possibly polyester one.  So I got some sheer curtains that appeared to be polyester and gathered up some river stones.  I tied them up and threw them in a pot of boiling water.  I did the same with a scarf that I suspected of being polyester.



I let them boil together for 20 minutes, then plunged them in a bowl of ice water.  When they were cool, I unwound the string and removed the stones.  And it worked!

I did just a corner of the scarf because of its dubious origin.  I'll probably try a different  tying technique on the rest of the scarf.



Here is a closeup of the scarf.  It's still wet in this photo.

And here is the chunk cut from the sheer curtain.  The scarf dyed it blue!  I was thinking that I wanted something like mushrooms on a piece I'm working on, so I plan to try it again with only white fabric in the pot.

I'm linking up with Nina Marie at "Off the Wall Friday."

8 comments:

Lynne said...

What fun -- and what great, if unexpected, results!

Nina Marie said...

ohhh this is just really really cool and amazing! I really do need to start experimenting more with my sheers! I would love it if you would link up this week on my Off the Wall Fridays where art quilters have been connecting - we've found it both inspiring and motivating!

Sylvia said...

This is so cool! I will have to see if I can find some poly in my stash. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Broberg Quintana said...

Very fun...and texture is "da bomb!"

Deborah OHare said...

Love the colours you have used.

Marit said...

Oh my! This defines the word cool! I have many polyester scarves.... so I need to experiment with them soon. What great texture! I'm over at Off the Wall also.

Beverly said...

Ha-, love the colors you got, and you've shown me that something good can come from polyester! Thanks- that looks like something I will have to play with one day!

NM_Creatrix said...

Hummmm may have to try this...