Sunday, November 23, 2008

shibori heaven

It's 1:am and Benedicte and I just finished doing our homework for tomorrow. Stitching, clamping, wrapping. And most important, putting our names on our cloth...because once it comes out of the dye bath you have no clue whose piece it is unless you've signed it. Here, Jan was about to demonstrate one way of pole wrapping. But that was early this morning and it seems like eons ago: we can hardly remember the process by now -- there have been so many other things in between. Notice the rapt attention Gloria and Colleen are paying while Sherryl gets ready to take her own picture of the demonstration. Benedicte IS adding soda ash to the buckets: she and I were the chief stirrers this morning -- every 15 minutes we waltzed into the other room and put our hands in the buckets after the cloth had been thrown into the dye. I still don't understand how I got dye on my right hand while I was wearing my long, heavy rubber gloves. Of course, Benedicte's were the crème de la crème of heavy duty gloves - but oh, well - I guess I can check out her supplier. Here are the somewhat crowded buckets while the dye was working its magic. Looks like a mess, doesn't it? But wait till you see what some of the results were...Cut to the end of the day and Jan was giving a stitching demo - which was, in fact, part of our homework tonight. Not my cuppa, as you can imagine - but we'll see what tomorrow's results bring. Stay tuned!

5 comments:

Susan Schrott, Textile Artist said...

Rayna..what the heck are you gals doing with those tubes. I must be in the stoneage, but I am clueless. But it sure looks like fun. And you can get the gloves that Benedicte is wearing from PROCHEM. They are fantastic. I have two pairs!

Judy Sall said...

Rayna, I envy you! I have a book on shibori, and have done a little experimenting over the years, but would love to learn 'the right way'! I can't wait to see what you do with what you are learning!

Judy

Russ Little said...

Rayna, the results look terrific--so much better than my few attempts. I hope to take a class with Jan sometime in the future. I'd love to be there with you now. Enjoy the rest of your class. --Russ

Von said...

Rayne... your having too much fun.. now cut it out! LOL just kidding.. oh how you have me all jealous.. makes me want to get the tubes out and start playing! I wanted to dye fabric this summer.. all in shibori... didn't get the chance... but huh.. looks like I need to play some now... talk soon! Von

Judy said...

Those fabrics are beautiful Rayna! YUMMMMMM! Thanks for snapping that pic of Sherryl........she and I are in an online class together now, and it's nice to see her face, so that I 'really know' with whom I'm chatting! LOL

xo