Yesterday was the Autumn Equinox, and the beautiful northwoods of WI now has beautiful color.
Meanwhile, I continue with woven shibori scarves since all but one were sold during the art tour.
It’s always good to see the number of warping sticks go down!
I was hoping for three scarves and another long piece that would, after dyeing, be cut up and used for smaller items. Unfortunately one of the scarves had a one row treadling error which I did not notice until after dyeing. Happily, my daughter wants it and does not mind.
The next part of the process is to gather and tie, as tightly as possible, the “pattern threads” which are removed after dyeing.
The pieces were left to dry outdoors for a few hours, then brought inside. They are not opened until dry, or nearly dry if I cannot wait to see the results.
Due to the tight gathers, when first opened the scarves are quite crinkly, reminding me of collapse weave. However, the scarves must be washed and well rinsed to remove any dye not attached.
Scarves are hand-washed in a mild soap, then repeatedly rinsed until the water is clear. After air-drying they are pressed and fringe is hand-twisted. The results are,…
The goal is for each scarf to be unique. One more warp and it will be time to explore new ideas.