Yesterday was an afternoon of experimentation. I tried making ‘moons and stars’ using Itajime, a fold and clamp resist technique.
I like Itajime. I think the geometric design appeals to my left brain, invoking some sense of order and stability. So… taking tips from Lesson 3 of Shibori Girl’s indigo workshop, I assembled my materials – some solid white linen and muslin, a piece of my sky-dyed fabric and some clamps. For shapes, I used wooden squares and triangles and since I didn’t have circles, I cut some out from old tin cans.
Having worked on Itajime several times before, I thought that I’d be able to nail this quite easily! Of course, I was sadly mistaken. Here’s an image of Shibori Girl’s moons so that you can get an idea of what I was attempting to do.
And ta-da! Here’s how mine turned out.
Obviously, my thrifty and ingenious idea to substitute acrylic/wooden circles with tin cut-outs failed miserably. The ridges in the circle allowed the dye to penetrate, creating smudged rings instead of a half moon! Not one to be bogged down by the lack of apparatus or the disappointing result thereof, I set out to achieve the ‘shaded effect’ using a square wooden block instead.
I know it’s not a moon but this result was much better than the first one.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to avoid staining on the white parts of the square caused by indigo that rubbed off the wooden block. I guess it pays to wash the wooden block or alternately cover it with tape before reuse.
As for the stars? I was finally able to get one.
Note to self : Save the sky-dyed fabric for making moons, not stars.