Tuesday, October 16, 2007

fawn spots-kanoko shibori

Here's a short basic tutorial on how to work kanoko shibori.

  • Make a dot network template in a half drop, square or any other sequence. This will help in creating the overall pattern. Mark it on the cloth with a fugitive ink pen.
  • Fasten the needle to the stand.
  • Pick a small bunch of fabric with the tip of the needle (the fabric will stay on the needle by gravity) and without letting it go from the needle hold the cloth between your thumb and index finger.
  • Take the bobbin on your right hand and wrap the thread around the fabric and holding the thread with your left heart finger pass the bobbin through the loop and pull the thread taut . Get your finger out of the way. Pull tightly.
  • Move on to the next dot and repeat the operation. This will make continuous bound dots which will be easy to untie later on.
  • Once the cloth is all tied dye and dry it.
  • Untie
  • Fabric can be pressed flat or left with the texture created by the binds.
This is the kind of work that is easier to do than to explain. It is also one of those activities in which practice makes perfect or at least makes such activity effortless.
The regimental needle attachment makes work extremely easy.
This is the kanoko shibori needle. Some people use it pointing down i find i can work better if it is pointing up.

Next week i will blog another tutorial on how to untie kanoko shibori.
If you find these tutorials useful please link back.

neki desu
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  1. Karren5:33 PM

    Great!! The more tutorials the better. Thanks for this.

  2. great, thanks, i am just getting into this!

  3. This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Anonymous8:02 AM

    Wonderful little video clip. Where did you get your needle? I haven't been able to find one....

  5. Good stuff... and, btw...I just tagged you...sorry...see my blog for instructions

  6. Brilliant. Never knew there was a special shibori needle.
    Great tutorial - keep them coming.


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