Monday, May 3, 2010

Discovering Shibori and Fabric Giveaway


These fabrics are ready for your surface designs or use as is. Want these fabrics? Leave your name to this post to enter my hat drawing. One winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 5.

What did you say? You never win anything? Many have said that in my previous giveaways, and they can no longer say that. Are you the next winner? Everyone's a winner in my world. ♥♫♥

TIE DYEING--A Resist Dyeing Process

Remember the tie-dye craze of the late 60's and early 70's? If you are a baby boomer, you may recall the colorful tie-dyed t-shirts made popular by musicians such as Janis Joplin or Joe Cocker and the "hippie" movement.

Tie dyeing is a resist dyeing process, which is one of the oldest methods of adding color to cloth and practiced by many cultures throughout the world. It's called "bandhani" in India and "plangi" and "tritik" in Indonesia.


The Japanese use the term "shibori," which means to wring, squeeze or press. Shibori uses many forms of tie-dyeing techniques, including shaping, tying, stitching, folding, clamping or compressing the fabric to create intricate and colorful patterns.


After interviewing Malka Dubrawsky for my recent book giveaway and learning about her itajime shibori fabric dyeing techniques, I wondered how this process would work using my Neocolors. A quick search on the web resulted in several new books for my library and a fascinating trip into a new way of coloring cloth.

There are many books about shibori. "Shibori Designs & Techniques" by Mandy Southan published in 2008 by Search Press gives an overview of a range of shibori techniques based on traditional Japanese methods with contemporary or personal adaptations. She gives a step-by-step tutorial for each technique and recommends variations for different effects. Some of the techniques she covers are pole wrapping, pole winding, folding and board clamping. This is a good introductory book to the world of shibori.


My hand painted fabrics are created using shibori-like techniques: scrunching, fan folding, twisting, etc. I hope the shibori purists won't mind me using the term "shibori-like." Maybe I should come up with a term for my process so as not to offend . . . I don't know. But for now, I'll respectfully refer to my painted fabric process as using a "shibori-like" technique.

Fabric 1: This is what my fabric looks like after I've blended the pigments with water using my fan brush. It's ready for scrunching or folding or whatever I choose to do. For this fabric and the other two included in this post, I centered a glass bead on the wrong side of the fabric and twisted the fabric around it and away from it.

This is what the painted fabrics look like twisted around a glass bead and drying on my rack overnight.
After these fabrics were dried, I heat set them and added another layer of color and let them dry a second time to produce the following fabrics for my giveaway.


Fabric 1--blue and golden yellow

Fabric 2--pink and golden yellow

Fabric 3--purple and golden yellow

To win all three of these 8" x 8" square fabrics, one winner will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday. To enter, just leave a comment to this post. Tell me what's on your mind. What are you working on? Do you have an art studio? Do you use shibori techniques? Have you tried using Neocolors to add color to your fabrics?

Artfully sharing,


Dale Anne Potter said...

WOW!!! Those look FABULOUS and something I will have to try one day. Added that book to my want list as well.

Cori Lynn Berg said...

I'd love to work with some of your fabrics! Hope I win!

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

Very nice Fannie. I started coloring a piece of fabric last night with Neocolor II colors. I am trying to create a water effect for an art quilt I have in mind.

Connie said...

Nice job! I really like what you're doing with the neocolors II.

Anonymous said...

Fannie, I look forward to seeing how you use your "shibori-like" fabrics in your artwork. I'm such a Fannie-fan!

I know just how I'd use these fabrics if my name is selected. They'd work really well in a landscape quilt I'm designing in my head that showcases the beautiful sunrise over our Wasatch Mountains here in Utah.

Fannie said...

Thanks, Dale Ann. I hope you like the book. It gave me a broad view of the technique and gave me the knowledge I needed to continue my studies.

Thanks for playing, Cori. Liked your parasol. Will have to try it using my fabric papers.

Brigitte, using Neocolors will work well for watercolor effects. I hope to see your creation on your blog sometime. Thanks for playing.

Thanks for visiting, Connie. The possibilities with these Neo IIs are endless.

Hi, Friend from Utah. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and playing in my giveaway.

Good Luck, Friends! ♥♫♥

Deanna said...

I love your new hand painted fabrics! I like the way they are stacked in the blog... would look great just like that as their own pieces of art, bordered with a dark color and quilted.

When you added a second layer of color, did you do the same thing and twist them or paint a wash over the top of the flat fabric and let it dry?

I had ordered some of the neocolors and then gave them to my niece when she was visiting... she is very artsy and I thought she'd like them. So, after seeing your fabulous box of crayons yesterday, I ordered myself a set... and I'm keeping them this time!

Thanks for the inspiration.

Fannie said...

Hi, Deanna. I added a wash of yellow over parts of the piece, then scrunched it and let it dry overnight.

Glad you have your own set of Neocolors. Hope you share your discoveries with me. Good Luck!

Jacq said...

Your fabrics are wonderful. I'm thinking you NEED to publish a book on all the different ways you use Neocolor II. I would want to buy the first copy. You are soooo inspiring. I have the Shibori book and love it.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Lovely fabrics! Please include my name for a chance to win. Thank you!

Martha Lever said...

These are so lovely, Fannie!! Please include me!

WoolenSails said...

I really want to try that and would be nice to make colors that I want instead of store bought. Did you use the neo color crayons or a different product?


Fannie said...

Hi, Jacq. I'll give you a signed copy of my book if and when it gets written and published. I enjoy the book, too. Do you have other book recommendations? I value your opinion.

Hi, Sharne's Bit'n'Bobs. Thanks for stopping by and playing.

Hi, Martha. You're entered. Thanks for playing.

Hi, Debbie. I used Neocolor II. I like using Neo IIs to paint my fabrics. Although I love the watercolor look, I'm still experimenting and trying to find a way to make more vibrant, deep and darker colors using them. Any ideas? Thanks for playing.

Good Luck, Friends. Thanks for playing.

Duff said...

coming out of lurkdom to enter your giveaway! thank you for citing your references--I have placed the book on my Amazon wish list. Your fabrics are beautiful and I am entranced, wanting to know more.

I am working on everything and nothing. You know, when nothing seems particularly pleasing so you start something else and it cycles this way for a month or so.
I've just purchased a book on firing up one's creativity. So we'll see. Either I fire up my creativity or light the book on fire--either way, fun!!

elle said...

You have a great blog. I'm finishing up some stuff for our local quiltshow and then I want to fix up a 'puttering shed' outside so I can do some dyeing/painting and generally fool around. 8^) I'm currently on a hunt to see where I can get Neocolor's up here in Canada.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Fannie, these pieces turned out "stunningly"- is that a word? I bought my set of Neocolors after seeing your work, and recently found that I can buy them singly at Jerry's Artarama to get more color choices. A great product!

ANNA said...

Love all the fabrics, if I am not too late please add my name to your draw

Sue K said...

Fannie~These fabrics are just beautiful....anyone would be proud to win them! Tell me, do you just color right on the fabric? Or do you put the color on your brush first and then apply to the fabric? I have some Neocolors and want to try this. I just love the tie-dyed look!!!

Marcia said...

I've recently started reading about hand dyed fabrics. Yours are awesome! Thank you for the giveaway Fannie. Today I ended up at your blog from Field Trips in Fiber.

Sherry said...

Can't wait to play and try this. Stunning results.

Isabelle said...

Your fabric dyeing is amazing!

I am mostly having fun with fibres and crochet at the moment. Crocheting a top from a Rowan design, and plotting to create a design of my own soon.

Fannie said...

Nice to meet you, Duff. Hope you enjoy the book. "Everything and nothing" . . . sounds like you're creating and playing and enjoying the experience of exploring and discovering. Nice. I do that often, too. I hope you fire up your creativity. Thanks for your fun and inspiring comments.

Hi, Elle. A dedicated space for dyeing and painting--how wonderful! Good for you. I purchase my Necolor IIs online from Blick Art Materials or Jerry's Artarama.

Hi, Jeanne! Glad to hear you're enjoying your Neocolors. Would enjoy hearing about your discoveries. "Stunningly" sounds like the perfect word to me. Thanks for sharing your "fantastical" thoughts--is that a word? Hah!

Hi, Anna. You're not too late, and you are entered in my giveaway. Thanks!

Hi, Sue K. I apply the crayons directly to the fabric then blend them with the brush and water. See my tutorial. The link is located in my side bar. Thanks!

Hi, Marcia. I love the look of hand dyed fabrics and still am exploring the many ways to add color to cloth. Using Neocolor II is another way to add color without exposing yourself to toxins. I'll need to thank Vicki for sending you. Enjoy.

Hi, Sherry. Only two more days, then we can play. I have 10 yards for us to paint. Is that enough? Hah! Studio time with a friend--finally.

Welcome, Isabelle. Fun with fibers and crochet--sounds like a great title for a book! I love to crochet, too. I've used Neocolors to color my crocheted items, and they work quite well. Maybe you can have a go at it. May prove to return interesting results. Good wishes for creating your own design.