Shibori on Crocheted Fabric

Shibori is what I might call "tie and dye" or tie-dye. Shibori has its origin in Japan. Shibori involves shaping cloth into a 3D shape and dyeing the 3D shaped cloth, typically using a natural dye such as indigo, to form a design in the cloth. One type of Shibori involves forming the 3D shape of the cloth by binding sections of the cloth with thread. The thread will act as a resist when the cloth is immersed in the dye solution.

Once I found out about Shibori, I became curious to see if it would work with wool and with crocheted fabric, which is highly textured compared to cloth. I have now satisfied my curiosity.

Shibori applied to crocheted swatch made of wool.

First, I made a fabric swatch using undyed wool and Tunisian crochet. Next, I bound a section of the swatch with cotton cord. Then, I dyed the swatch using acid dyes and stove-top immersion dyeing technique. After dyeing the swatch, I removed the cotton cord and was very pleased to see a ring that was not dyed solid blue, which meant that the cotton cord acted effectively as a resist. I was also pleased to see that the dye penetrated the stitches where the swatch was not bound with the cotton cord and that the stitches did not lose their definition from the dyeing process. So, of course, my imagination is running wild at the moment as I think of what other patterns I might make.