They Keep a’ Coming

shibori dyed rayon with dyed silk and metallic stitching
hand dyed rayon and organza bookmark
shibori dyed cotton bookmark side 1
clamp resist dyed cotton bookmark side 2

More X-mas Bookmarks – Shibori Dyed & Image Transfer

Both of the base fabrics here were dyed using shibori techniques., ie. a resist is used in various ways which keeps the dye from penetrating the entire fabric surface, creating patterns. The berries on the second bookmark are image transfers from Before the First Touch, a pen and ink illustration I did toward the end of my residency at the Bonfills studios.

Here the fabric was folded and wrapped on a small pvc pole with string. The string (must be poly or acrylic) resists the dye, leaving the white lines. Dyed organza was wrapped around the bookmark and stitched.
shibori dyed bookmark with image transfer
Shibori dyed cotton.

The Most Custom Bookmarks in the History of, Like, Ever.

I didn’t have much to post in December, but I was in fact busy making Christmas presents. I took a surface design class at the Art Institute in the spring, coincidentally taught by my boyfriend’s mother, Besty Knabe Roe. So I had all these fabric samples and no idea what to do with them. So I found something to do. Pretty much the only thing I didn’t do was weave the fabrics themselves, and if¬† it’s a felt bookmark, then I did make the fabric. I’ll post these a few at a time. Probably too time-consuming to sell commercially, but they were fun exercises. They are humble bookmarks, but I belive the family enjoyed.

hand dyed felt, silk & rayon with metallic stitching
shibori dyed (clamp resist) rayonresist dyed cotton (gathered stitching), hand dyed felt & organza
resist dyed cotton (gathered stitching), hand dyed flet & organza