Archive for October, 2008

Dye Resist Experiments — Binder Clips

October 24, 2008

I could only find little binder clips, so I didn’t stack this one up in one bundle:

I did two samples — one soda soaked and one not.  I had assumed that the soda soaking would reduce the amount of dye migration.

With soda:

Without soda:

So much for intuition.  Interesting results…


Dye Resist Experiments — Triangle Clamp

October 23, 2008

This is a totally classic itajime technique, although I don’t think the Japanese used ceramic tiles:

This fabric was also dipped in a soda solution before clamping.  I dipped the bundle into dye and left it sitting with the point in the dye.  Note to self, a) ceramic tiles are too brittle to handle clamps and b) think about how to rest the bundle in the dye before placing the clamp.

I love the results!  I want to figure out how to dye tshirt knit this way, but the number of layers seems too large to manage.  I’ll have to keep working on it.

Dye Resist Experiments — Diamond Clamp

October 22, 2008

I found these diamond grid things in the paint section at Lowes and clamped some folded fabric between them:

The fabric had been soda soaked, and I dyed this with the low water immersion recipe in a plastic baggie:

The results are disappointing.  Partly because of the truly awful color, but also, the texture isn’t what I’d hoped for.  I guess I’ll reserve these red things for stencils and rubbing plates.

Dye Resist Experiments — Pleat Binding

October 21, 2008

This fabric was pleated (1 inch pleats), then wrapped with twine.  Before:

Again, dyed using Ann Johnston’s low water immersion recipe:

I love this!  Next up, a garment-size piece of cotton interlock.  Hope it works as well as this did.

Dye Resist Experiments — Ring Binding

October 20, 2008

This resist experiment tests a non-traditional resist technique I found in a book called Shibori for Textile Artists by Janice Gunner.


I dyed it using the low water immersion recipe from Ann Johnston.  After:

Cool texture.  I’m wondering if I could get an ombre effect by rolling the fabric but not compressing it…