Shibori Geometry Tutorial

There are countless ways to create resists on fabric.  Recently, I've been really hooked on the more geometric, specific shapes rather than the whimsical, random resists (which also have their time and place).  Creating patterns with resist techniques help to create unique designs without having to print afterward.  

I completed this shibori design on a silk chiffon scarf. If you have never dyed silk before... oh.. my... gosh... it's magical! I mean... LOOK at this COLOR!  (no filter, folks!) And yes, this color is from NATURE (madder root)!

First, to create the pattern, you'll want to lightly trace triangles on each fold.  For this scarf, I folded it in half in order to make a line of diamonds down the center of the scarf.  You may decide to create even more folds to have more columns of diamonds. Either way, go for it! Experiment!

 You may want to measure how far apart your triangles are to get the most even pattern. 

After the triangles are traced, take thick upholstery thread and weave in and out of the fabric, following the traced lines.  In the example below, I also traced triangles on the outer edges.  Yes, I sewed the outer edges together.  This will create the half diamond shape on the edges of the fabric. Important: LEAVE AT LEAST 5 INCHES OF THREAD ON EACH SIDE OF THE TRIANGLE- YOU'LL NEED IT LATER!

Once you have all of your triangles stitched, pull the thread to gather the fabric.   Once it's gathered, pull again to get an equal amount of thread on each side of the design.  You'll then wrap the "nub" of fabric with the thread, as tightly and evenly as you can. This will prevent the dye from hitting that part of the fabric, and will create a white space.  Any part left exposed will dye. I left the tip exposed so that my diamond would have a colored center.  

Here's how it looks once all the threads are gathered and wrapped:

I decided I wanted even more resist than the thread would give, and so I used rubber bands to block out as much color as possible. 

Reminder: Soak your fiber (my suggestion: at LEAST 20 minutes, depending on the fiber) before adding it to the dye vat.   

I forgot to get a picture of it in the dye vat.  I used about 2 tablespoons of ground madder root for this scarf.  Also, I pre-mordanted the scarf in an alum prior to dyeing, which can help to brighten the colors. This color is so rich, my iPhone 5 had a difficult time processing the color accurately next to the white wall.  No filter below!