Electrical cable duct arashi

Last year, when Brixton Windmill was being restored, I salvaged a ridged plastic pipe that was left over from electrical cable ducting. I thought it might be interesting to use it to create some arashi shibori.

So this week I washed it down, pressed some cotton poplin into irregular triangular pleats, and wrapped it around the pipe.  The ridges made it very easy to keep the string in place, though of course I couldn’t vary the distance between the wraps.

And although the height of the fabric was considerably shortened by the ridges, the vat still wasn’t quite deep enough, so I had to tilt it slightly and roll the pipe from side to side while dipping to ensure all the fabric was dyed.

Here’s the result.

The frog is still watching with interest.