Shibori on the Clothesline

Today I was motivated to do some shibori dying. I just adore seeing a full clothesline too.


I’m just so in love with this process, it involves folding/wrapping/clamping/tying as a way of creating a resist, then when dipped in indigo dye the results are magic. There really is no wrong way to do this. Opening each piece is so exciting!

I dyed 12 cloth napkins and 12 dishtowels along with two linen dresses that have been hanging around unworn, because who wears white? I know I don’t.

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The dish towels are made of thin flour sack cotton fabric, perfect for around the kitchen but I have plans to sew them together into a beach cover up.  (I’ll post pics of that later)

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Each one of these pieces is unique and could never be ‘exactly’ repeatable, that’s exactly what I love about shibori…it’s wabi-sabi. The perfect in the imperfect.

I’ll be hosting a dying workshop at the farm on July 2nd at 10am-2pm if you would like to learn how to dye in this traditional Japanese way. We will focus on flat cloth (napkins/towels etc) in this workshop as dying clothing be somewhat complex.

Let me know if you’re interested!




This Week In Pictures

This week was full of back-to-school excitement and the slanting light of late summer. Soon there will be a chill in the air and I’ll be able to wear a sweater and socks. My favorite time of year.




An all local dinner (veggies from our garden), beef from up the hill. Yum!


Baby new potatoes with lots of butter, herbs and parmesan cheese. Also yum!

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The smallest frog, an expert at camouflage.

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Keeping cool in the summer heat. Maybe sometime I’ll try resting my belly on the cool tiles.

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I couldn’t help myself, I dyed some scarves.

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Mysterious pancakes emblazoned with Oak Trees.

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Ended the week with a visit from a dear friend and a sun ray.

I’m Dying Over Here!


I’m literally, dying.

I get a little obsessed with things.

Every year when we go to Maine for our family vacation, we all do a craft project together, it sort of happens organically the desire to have a momento of time well spent, drinks well drunk, cards well played and waves well surfed.  The last few years it’s been tie-dyes. We dye nightgowns then play cards all night like grown up giggling twins, the kids dye t-shirts…heck we all dye t-shirts…when there’s dye left over we dye our underwear and socks…it’s goofy and superfun. Then, just to prove we’re related we take a group shot, sealing up the memory like a time capsule. A glorious little funny to be opened with a smile later.


This year, I’m going prepared. And by prepared, I mean pinning dying ideas to my pinterest board like a maniac! (See my pin board here) While gathering all the pins, I was reminded of the magic of shibori. It’s like tie-dye plus geometry and maybe a little math thrown in. I like the planning and forethought that’s needed. I like the varying techniques and endless results.

Shibori is a japanese dying technique, here is a link if you’d like to know more: Shibori Wiki

The techniques I tried are Arashi Shibori (pole wrapping) and Itajime Shibori (shape resist).


From left to right: blue nightgown (itajime polkadots, blue stick wedgie (not sure of the technique but it’s folded accordion style then lashed between two sticks with string and rubber bands, hooded linen shirt (Arashi), white long sleeve linen shirt (Itajime squares), orange tank top (itajime star).

Once the items are in the dye bath it’s like waiting for your parents to eat a leisurely and torturous breakfast while waiting to open your Christmas presents……time slows down. One hour feels like days when all you can think about WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE inside those crazy strings and rubber bands!!! Thus, I’m dying. I think I might have died with all the waiting.

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For my first attempt at this I think it worked pretty darn well! I especially love the vertically striped  shirt. One sleeve is darker than the other because the pole was too tall to fit in the dye bucket so i kept pouring dye over  the top. I think the action of the dye running down the tube infiltrate the strings. What a happy accident!

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I’m so obsessed that I might spend all day tomorrow dying handerchiefs and kitchen towels and pillow cases and yoga pants and bedspreads and dresses and underwear and….socks….and…


Have you tried shibori?

Who wants to come over and dye with me?




Clockwise from top left: Blue double stick wedgie beach cover up, square itajime, blue polka dot nightgown, orange star tank top, Arashi linen shirt.