More shibori felt

Yes, I have another sale and exhibition starting next week with Women of the Cloth. Yes, I should be making work to sell and exhibit. So why am I spending time instead on experimental work?

Well, sometimes I get a creative itch I just have to scratch. With a personality that veers uncomfortably close sometimes to OCD (just ask ESP) I can’t help myself.

So this week I returned to shibori felt. After the vessel I made a couple of weeks ago, I tried making a flat piece – that is, a piece that started out as flat, rather than around a resist.

shibori felt 2

The next obvious step (for me!) was to make another piece in undyed wool, bind it, and then dip it in the indigo vat.

shibori felt 1

This second piece was smaller than the first (around 8cm across compared with 12cm), as I thought I might be able to do something practical with it, like make it into a brooch. However, I think the contrast of the blue and white isn’t really effective on this smaller scale – it needs to be larger to be seen properly.

I also love the effect on the reverse side of all these pieces.

shibori felt 3 shibori felt 4

Looks like I will have to make another vessel, this time dyed with indigo and turned inside out. But maybe after the exhibition is finished.

Or maybe I will display these pieces as work in progress – what do you think?

Back to the scarves…


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Flextiles uses shibori, ecoprinting and felting to create original, one-off upcycled pieces. Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.

3 thoughts on “More shibori felt”

  1. I love them – I think they would make great brooches. Perhaps just add a little stitch in a complementary color to add a little pop. And you’re right the back side is wonderful texture. Good luck on the exhibit.

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