Patterns left in the sand as the tide goes out fascinate me as evidenced by the many photos on my phone and woven shibori seemed like a way I could reproduce them in my weaving. My main reference was the book, Woven Shibori by Catharine Ellis which the awesome Auckland Library has available has an e-book and then lots of looking around the internet.
|All gathered up ready for dyeing.|
|Starting to gather up the pattern threads.|
The warp and weft is 2ply wool from Anna Gratton and the shibori pattern weft is 10/2 cotton.
I wove the fabric in tabby and the pattern weft was woven in some simple twills. I used acid dyes and fully imersed the bundles in the dye solution, then applied another colour(s) with a brush along the edges and steamed it to set. Some patterns were more successful than others but overall I was pleased with the results.
And then I cut it up and made a jacket. The pattern is the Indochinese Jacket from Creative Dressing by Kaori O'Connor. This book has sewing and knitting patterns as well as being an interesting read and I recommend picking up a copy if you ever come across it. It was published in the 1980s which is when I got my copy :)