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more shibori part 2

I wasn't quite ready with showing off all I made so here it continuous. 

Ik was nog niet helemaal klaar met alles laten zien wat ik geverfd had dus zie hier het vervolg.

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het wikkelen van de stof/ wrapping up fabric 

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In het verfbad, maar door het hout en plankje bleef het drijven.... telkens omdraaien dan maar of .....???? 

In the dye, but due to the wood I used to wrap it around ,it kept floating... turning every now and then or ....??? 

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Er iets zwaars op zetten???? Helpt ook ;-)  

Adding something more heavy on it helps too!! ;-)  

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Na het verfbad, overtollige verf uitspoelen... wat zou het effect zijn???  1e afwikkeling

After the dyebath, rinsing out excessive dye.... what would have become of it??? First unwrap of this piece


tweede afwikkeling / second unwrapping

Ik was helaas alleen , niemand die een foto kon maken terwijl ik het resultaat bekeek.....  Zal ik laten zien in deel 4. Per kleur wilde ik 2 lappen verven. dit is de 2e lap:

I was alone unfortunately, no one to take a picture of me while opening and me looking at the result.....  Will be shown in part 4. Per colour I wanted to make 2 pieces af fabric, This was the second in green: 

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Zoals je ziet op de foto, heb ik ale zijkanten netjes "afgelocked" met een zig zag steekje. Helaas heb ik polyester draad gebruikt die dus geen verf opneemt... Volgende keer beter katoenen draad gebruiken alhoewel ik dit ook niet slecht vind.

 As you can clearly see on the picture I sewn all edges with polyester thread, which doesn't absorb color .. :(  next time I rather use cotton thread evnenthough I am not seeing this as a mistake..

In het volgende deel de volgende kleur, Kun je al raden welk kleur dat zal zijn?

Next part the third colour.  Can you Gguess which color that will be? 

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Sinds het nieuwe jaar gestart is kriebelde het bij mij om weer eens te verven. Dit keer niet zomaar iets verven om te verven en voor de techniek, maar gericht in bepaalde kleuren en voor een bepaald doel. Dus eerst naar de vrijdags markt in Maastricht gegaan om daar dunne katoen/ kaasdoek te kopen. De doek heb ik eerst gedeeld, zodat ik uiteindelijk 6 stukken van ca 200cm lang en 50 cm breed kreeg. 

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Ever since the new year started i felt like dyeing. But this time not only for the technique or dying proces, but this time with a goal and purpose for the fabric. So I went to the weekly market on Friday in Maastricht and bought 4 meters of cheesecloths (plain openweaved  cotton). This fabric I split into 6 same seized pieces, so I ended up with 6 pieces of 2.00m  long and 0,50 m wide .

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Na het wassen in water en drogen heb ik dan toch maar eerst de randen af "ge-zig-zagged" en randjes daarna netjes geknipt en de stof gestreken. Dag later: eindelijk klaar voor het shibori werk :) De doeken heb ik op verschillende manieren gevouwen en daarna met een rijgsteek bewerkt of stenen of dikke knikkers  erin gewikkeld en afgebonden. Zie foto's .


After washing the fabric first and drying it, I hemphed it by "zigzag"(?) the edges with my old sewingmachine. Day later: I was finally done with preparations. Time for the shibori and tying. The pieces I folded on different ways so the effect would also be different. I sow by hand with a runner stitch and added glassballs, marbles, stones into the fabric too, tying it securely off. See pictures


Deel van de collectie voor het verven / part of the collection before dyeing

Volgende stap het verven zelf :) Handschoenenen schort aan en een verfbad maken waarin ik dan telkens 2 lappen stof tegelijk in gelegd heb. Dit moest 20 minuten sudderen, dan eruit halen en uitspoelen met water. Geduld is een mooie zaak ;-)

viltalakim, katoen verven

Next step was the dyeing part. Time for gloves and an apron for protection. I solved the dye as was written on the instruction and added 2 pieces of fabric to it at a time. This had to simmer for about 20 minutes, take it out and rinse it with water. Patience is a good thing;-) 

Maar het resultaat na het verven is hartstikke verrassend, wat zal het zijn geworden???

The result after dyeing it always a surprise.... how will it be??? 

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een stuk met shibori = rijgsteek naaien / one piece with shibori = running stitch

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een stuk met afbinden met en zonder  stenen / a piece which I tied with and without stones

Het laatste stukje extra stof dat ik ook nog snel wilde verven was deze. Helemaal vastgebonden en dan in 3 verschillende kleuren laten hangen. 

As I had dye left I searched for the same kind of fabric and found this small part. Tied it and added it into the 3 different dyebaths.  

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Mijn dochter ging net naar bed, maar wilde het resultaat ook zien"mama mag ik nog even helpen?? "

My daughter was about to go to sleep but was very curious too.. "May I open it up Mummy? "   

Het resultaat is ok, niet zo felgekleurd. Wellicht had ik het er langer in moeten laten hangen en alle verfbaden weer moeten opwarmen, of was de verf toch al ver op. Maar dit is prima zo, nog geen idee wat ik met deze ga doen, maar ik geloof dat mijn dochter dat al wel weet ;-)  

The result is ok, not as bright coloured as the other fabrics. Maybee I should of left it longer in the dye or reheated the dyes again, or maybee the dye was just used too often... but nevertheless it is a nice piece, Not sure yet what to make/ do with it, but i think my duaghter already knows ;-)  

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De volgende blogpost zal gaan over de resultaten van de andere verfbaden... wordt vervolgt

Next post will be for the other dyebaths  results , stay tuned ;-)

Ps. Op zondag 28 April komt Vasudevan van de Tasara weaving centre uit India hier een 1 daagse workshop Shibori op zijde geven, tevens andere workshops, zie mijn workshop schema, Geef je snel op vol = vol!!

PS.on Sunday 28th of April , Vasudevan from the Tasara weaving centre, will be giving a 1 day workshop shibori on silk here at my place, see my workshop schedule.   if you want to participate , please subscribe for it as there are only a certain places available

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I want to announce a very Interesting Textile workshops event:

tasara weaving centre, monsoon workshops


A residential workshop exploring a variety of weaving and surface-design techniques, in a secluded, family-run setting. Experience India’s legendary monsoon season in a place with year-round mild temperatures on Kerala’s green coast.

Techniques include handweaving, natural dyeing, shibori, multicolour batik, wood block printing, silk screen printing, felting, tie and dye, etc. Instruction will be provided 5 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Four-week residencies are offered during the workshop session which will run from 1 July (Sunday) to 15 August (Wednesday) 2012. The fee for a four-week residency will be 900 Euros per person, double occupancy, or 1200 Euros single occupancy. The fee covers tuition and basic workshop materials, accommodation in a spacious guest house, and all meals, including breakfast and dinner of south Indian cooking and self-catered lunch.

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For more information and to register, please contact by March._26th.

Confirmation of your registration by payment of 50% of the fee will be due by _30th April.
Registration is limited to 10 participants
Web page:
Youtube: Tasara weaving centre
Skype: vasudevantasara1

I have been there last year and I can really recommend it to anyone. It will be an experience for life time. Hope to be able to go back there soon

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the two things

…. of yesterdays post had to be dry before I could open them and this came out:

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front side “balls” are up

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back side

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As you can see on yesterday’s post the lace was first mint green something, but it also absorbed the purple dye, except for the bottom laces. But I think it matches the white where the wrapping was… 

I still had one other scarf, which needed to be dyed too  I wanted to show here too, but I somehow deleted all my pictures of last years….  Help!!  I just hope I can find them back … and show you my other new felts tomorrow

Enjoy this day!

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Can you imagine how impatient I was to see the result? So I opened 3 pieces with the less stitches first just before heading to bed :) They were what I expected, jippie!! So I left the other pieces in the dye bath till the next morning.  So excited , as the other pieces were with more new sewings and foldings.

Before deying:

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preparing the cotton.....

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9 sampler pieces

I know many of you said I’d use purple and that is also one of my favourite color at the moment, but as I got some “live” online help over skype last evening from Vasudevan of the Tasara creative weaving centre, I completely forgot to mix this blue with red… before adding the cottons …… So blue they wll be :)

I have pictured each piece separately and it is on my flickr photostream  so you can see each piece bigger .

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