I also made another piece using stitching and gathering to provide a resist against the dye. This time I used a sewing machine to stitch parallel lines before tightly gathering the fabric. As with other piece, when I use this method again I will hand stitch, removing the machine stitching from gathered material was a real pain.
This piece was dyed at the same time as the “circles” shibori, again I removed the stitching while it was still wet. This is the result:
As you can see my stitching was less straight towards the bottom but I think the effect is still lovely.
This piece also became a book cover, first I stitched a couple of pleats into the fabric to add extra texture to the final fabric.
Then I laid out white merino top along the pale purple lines to maintain the contrast.
Before laying out 2 layers of merino top.
Here it is after felting, with the pleats giving added texture.
And the final product – an A4 book cover: