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Silk Scarf Workshop at Amy’s Handmade Place

A group of creative women gathered together on Sunday at Amy’s Handmade Place to make their own hand dyeing silk scarves. Peggy (@peggythompson) listened attentively while I showed examples.

I demonstrated how to fold scarves to create different shibori designs. These pictures show glimpses of Amy’s beautiful studio space, located in the back of her shop: Amy’s Handmade Place. There is even a small deck outside the back where we enjoyed showing off our scarves.

Wendy (Pook & Thy) mixing up the dyes – turquoise and fuchsia for her scarf.

Scarves were rinsed but not yet washed and dried. They couldn’t resist showing off their handiwork!

Washed, and ironed. Lovely and soft. It was a fun day showing these eager students how to dye silk scarves.

Ginnie, Peggy and Amy wearing their very stylish scarves.

Amy and I in her store, can you see another one of my hand dyed scarves in the background?

There is another workshop scheduled for June 11th,  join us!

 

Silk Scarf Dyeing: an Artisanal Workshop

I am very happy to be teaching two afternoon workshops at Amy’s Place Handmade at 155 Main Street, Toronto, Ontario. Working in a sunny, bright studio, we will be dyeing a one-of-a-kind beautiful silk scarf. The dates are Sunday May 28, 2017 and Sunday June 11, 2017 from 12-3.

Artisan workshop silk scarf dyeing poster

The Process

Step 1: Folding, twisting and preparing scarf.

Scarves folded ready for dyeing

Step 2: Applying dye

scarves folded and dyed

Step 3: Rinsing and washing scarf

scarf folded and rinsed

Step 4: Admiring scarf!

scarf washed and pressed

Below are a few scarves I have dyed using very simple techniques that create beautiful textures and designs.

blue green shibori scarf

orange brown shibori scarf

red arashi shibori scarf

I hope that you will join me at Amy’s Place Handmade. Take a few hours for yourself to learn a new technique, make some new friends, have some fun and go home wearing your own original silk scarf.

Artisan workshop silk scarf dyeing instagram

See you there!

 

Overdyeing silk scarf

One of the pieces of silk fabric I snow dyed resulted in a beautiful palette of spring greens. A mandala is centered on the 36″ silk square.

At the same time, I dyed a long silk scarf. The results of this piece was not as successful. A small amount of the dye was deposited on the outside of the folded triangle, while the centre folds had almost no dye.

Silk scarf

I decided to put this scarf into another dye bath. I had already washed it out, so I pressed it into the same folds as the first time I dyed it and proceeded to dip it into a turquoise dye bath.

Silk scarf unfolded

The results are much more interesting and vibrant! Don’t be afraid to dip your fabrics back into another dye bath, if you aren’t pleased with your results.

 

Arashi Shibori scarf or art?

My favorite fabric dyeing technique is Arashi Shibori. It creates such a gorgeous design. It can be bold with strong lines or delicate with fine veining. This burgundy silk scarf has the latter effect.

Red silk scarf Arashi Shibori

Red silk scarf Arashi Shibori

It would look lovely just hanging as an art piece.

Red silk scarf Arashi Shibori

Red silk scarf Arashi Shibori

It would be equally lovely hanging around your neck!

 

Wool Shibori Scarves

I found some very lightweight wool scarves that I experimented dyeing using fiber reactive dyes and Shibori techniques. I was very hesitant working with wool, but the results were beautiful! The scarf below is a very rich coral colour. It was rolled around a string, pulled tightly, immersed in the dye solution and steamed.

Coral wool scarf Kumo Shibori

Coral wool scarf Kumo Shibori

Working with wool resulted in a shopping trip to a charity shop to buy a pot that I could use to actually steam the scarf. Luckily, I found an enamel pot with steamer insert and lid – perfect for my needs. Once you have used an item to dye, you can no longer use it in your kitchen. After making certain my family was aware that the new pot was off limits, I began having fun.

Coral wool scarf Kumo Shibori

Coral wool scarf Kumo Shibori

My fear working with wool was that I would shrink and felt the scarf, but by slowly heating and then cooling the scarf completely before washing the dye out, there was no problem.

Blue wool scarf Itajime Shibori

Blue wool scarf Itajime Shibori

You can see how fine the wool is in the photo above. The pattern shows through the undyed portions. I was also surprised at how little dye washed out of the scarves. The wool absorbs the dyes beautifully.

Blue wool scarf Itajime Shibori

Blue wool scarf Itajime Shibori

The wool scarves have a lovely soft hand and are just right under a coat, and lightweight enough to use inside as a fashion accessory. I have another scarf to dye and can’t decide on the colour. What’s your favorite colour?

 

Indigo dyeing weekend

I spent two days of the long weekend dyeing a variety of cloth with Indigo. These are just three of about 30 pieces I dyed.

cotton cushion top wrapped and tied

cotton cushion top wrapped and tied

This cotton square was first wrapped around an empty plastic serving thread spool, held with an elastic band and wrapped with thread.

cotton cushion top unwrapped and untied

cotton cushion top unwrapped and untied

When first unwrapped, it has a very sculptural quality. This will flatten out when it is washed and pressed.

Indigo Nui shibori cotton cushion top string removed

Indigo Nui shibori cotton cushion top string removed

This cotton square was gathered on the diagonal and wrapped with long thin strips of fabric.

Indigo Nui shibori cotton cushion top string removed and diagonal design showing

Indigo Nui shibori cotton cushion top string removed and diagonal design showing

I like to wrap the strips so that there is a little space for the dye to seep in. This creates some lovely lines.

Indigo Nui shibori cotton/linen cushion top

Indigo Nui shibori cotton/linen cushion top

This cotton/linen rectangle was folded into thirds and triangles stitched across. There are three rows of stitching in each one.

Indigo Nui shibori cotton/linen cushion top unwrapped

Indigo Nui shibori cotton/linen cushion top unwrapped

Once unwrapped rows of squares appear in three rows.

There are heaps of washing and ironing in my future!