Fun with direct application

Last night I indulged myself in some fun by combining an arashi shibori pole wrap with direct dye application. What a blast!

I don’t currently own a steamer. That makes it difficult to do direct application of acid dyes to my silk. I decided to play around with direct application of activated fiber reactive dyes instead — rather than presoaking the silk in soda ash solution, which I think might be bad for the silk, I mixed up thickened dye solutions already containing soda ash. These I squirted onto a veil that I crushed and wrapped on a shibori pole; I covered the resulting mess with plastic wrap and let it sit a couple of hours. Result? Well… not subtle… kinda crazy… but I haven’t seen it dry yet. Let me get it ironed up and I’ll post a picture soon!


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