Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Acid Dye Shibori

Although I began my dyeing career with acid dyes, I didn't really do much shibori until after I started dyeing with fiber reactive dyes.

I have a student coming in January for a weekend shibori & dye painting intensive, working with both cellulose and protein fibers.  Meaning I'll be teaching shibori and dye painting techniques for both fiber reactive and acid dyes.  It'll be a whirlwind weekend but I've got it mapped out so she can learn the basics for both types of dye.

Anywho, yesterday and today I did acid shibori dyeing using techniques I learned for fiber reactive dyes, translated for use with acid dyes.  These are some of my results.  I used a 2-yard piece of light weight habotai silk torn into eight pieces.  The first 3 images are from yesterday's immersion bath.   The top image was folded and put right in the dyebath.

The 2nd and 3rd images had been underpainted the day before.  Underpainting is something I learned a couple years ago although I haven't done it very much.  The idea is to prepaint the fabric the day before, let it dry, then overdye it in the immersion bath.  The immersion bath had citric acid and salt added along with the dye.  If you were doing this process with fiber reactive dyes, you'd add soda ash to the bath instead of citric acid.  The underdye had not been set prior to being prepared for shibori and immersed in the pot.  I brought the pot up to 185 degrees and let it steep for an hour, then left everything in the pot until the liquid was cool.

The last 2 images were dyed this morning -- actually, the one just above had also been underpainted earlier this week.  Today I dipped each piece of fabric in 50/50 vinegar water, then folded, bound, whatever, and put each piece in a plastic baggie.  I squirted dyes on the fabric and did my best to get the dye distributed.  The baggies were steamed for 30 minutes.  This technique is another one commonly used for fiber reactive dyes and cellulose fabrics.

These were process experiments only.  The dyes I used had been sitting in jars, already mixed, for probably 3 years. 

So my suspicion was correct ~ you can do exactly the same types of shibori processing with acid dyes as with fiber reactive dyes.  That's what I wanted to know.

Don't forget the giveaway happening now -- see this post for details.  Winner to be drawn January 3.


Valerie Kamikubo said...

These are gorgeous, Connie! I like those little hearts hiding in the second piece, but all are wonderful! Happy New Year!

Diane Wright said...

The pieces are absolutely beautiful! I'd have a hard time cutting any of them...hmmm...maybe wearing them would be the solution. I'd be up for your drawing, it's a very interesting work. Happy New Year, Connie!

Judy said...

Hi Connie,
I looked at your post announcing your giveaway and you already have 15 comments there, so I'll leave mine here.....not that it matters, but I'll just spread around the love a little bit. LOL
What am I hoping for in my art this next year? More focus. Not so frazzled. I love how you've played with your Shibori techniques here, but I'm trying to stay focused today, and will head out to my studio for the dyeing I intended to do, and then busy myself with more handwork and color studies.
I sure would love to win your giveaway - as always, another amazing piece!

Happy New Year Dear Heart!


inge said...

I like the colors of your experiment...

Jeannie said...

Beautiful shibori! The variety of patterns are wonderful and your palette is gorgeous. Wishing you a fun time with your student.

Maggi said...

Great results. Your student is going to be delighted with her weekend.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Stunning. Almost makes me want to take up dyeing.

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