Shibori is the amazing art of indigo dyeing while covering some pieces of the cloth that will stay white.
The earliest known piece of Shibori fabric was made in the 7th century in Japan. By binding, or pressing pieces of wood together over folded cloth, you
will get different patterns. If you make it with real indigo dye, you will enjoy an amazing process when the green dye oxidizes in the air and turns
Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!
With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”
Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.
As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.
You will need:
Natural fibers like silk, linen, and cotton work great with indigo and it’s easiest to get good results if the cloth is white.
We used a Jacquard Indigo Tie Dye Kit bought on amazon.com.
- Fold a piece of silk fabric, 12"x25", in the middle across the length. Fold it like an accordion in the other direction. Make every fold 5” apart.
- Sandwich the folded fabric between 2 CD discs, or press it between a few wooden sticks.
- Clamp it all tightly together with spring clamps
- Dye in indigo.
- Let dry and iron carefully.
- To sew a bag, fold the fabric at the bottom, with the inside out. Then make an extra fold, also at the bottom. This fold should be a couple of inches high and go inside the bag. This means your bag is now shaped like a W in profile, the sides are still open and the inside out.
- Sew the sides of the bag over the folds.
- Turn inside out.
- Fold back and iron the upper edge of the bag.
- Sew the upper edge.
These are a great back-to-school project!
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