Glass Etching

 A few days ago, I realized that I had forgotten to order a plaque in recognition of the President of an organization that I am the Secretary/Treasurer for.  Since I only had a week until our spring meeting, I thought that it would not be enough time to order an engraved plaque.  So, I started thinking about what I could make to recognize my colleague.  After spending a couple hours thinking, I came up with an idea. For a while now, I have been wanting to try glass etching. So, I thought this might be a technique to create something … Continue reading Glass Etching

Nui Shibori

Nui (Japanese for sewing) involves using a simple running stitch to pull the fabric tightly together. The thread is secured with a knot before dyeing. The technique allows for greater control of the pattern but is much more time consuming. Trial #11. Fabric cut 12″ x 90″. 2. Sew six sets of lines (each set includes two lines 1/4″ apart) each 1″ apart. 3. Pull the threads tight and tie knots. 4. Place the bound fabric in the bottom of a flat container.  Add Mixing Red dye (500 ml at 5 mg/ml). 4. Batch for 2 hours. 5. Rinse out excess … Continue reading Nui Shibori

Kumo and Kanoko Shibori

Today’s shibori techniques – Kumo and Kanoko. Kumo (Japanese for spider) is a twist and bind resist technique. It involves binding fabric around objects or by pleating sections of the fabric very finely and evenly. The result is a very specific spider-like design. Trial #11. Fabric cut 12″ x 90″. 2. Place a small pony bead on the fabric and bind with a 1/4″ rubber band (Orthodontic elastic). Continue binding beads to create the pattern that you would like. 3. Place the bound fabric in the bottom of a flat container.  Add Royal Blue dye (500 ml at 5 mg/ml). 4. … Continue reading Kumo and Kanoko Shibori