Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Fiber Artist Julia Voake spoke recently to the Lakeshore Fiber Arts group and gave a hands-on demonstration of Discharging with Bleach Products. Above Voake demonstrates the Shibori method of tying fabric around a piece of PVC pipe and then painting it with bleach. According to Wikipedia Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it (sometimes called tie-dying).

This is one of Voake’s pieces showing the various methods of discharging with bleach. In each square she used a different technique: sponge, tree bark, PVC pipe, etc. This piece is stunning! Voake distributed kits and bleach products and we all got to try our hand at discharging. It was great fun and such an inspiration. I can’t wait to get some more pieces done.

Voake made this piece by placing the flower leaves on a piece of black fabric and then spraying on the bleach. It is lovely and will be a nice summer time project when I can work outside.

During show-and-tell at the Lakeshore Fiber Arts group meeting Heather Reid showed us her latest project, this silk sari ribbon pillow. This pillow has a black cotton broadcloth base with a squared center panel of rows and rows of layered silk sari ribbons machine-stitched and then quilted. The edges of the square are trimmed in more silk sari ribbon combined with fancy fibers, twisted and couched down with zig-zag stitching. Check out her blog here for instructions on how to make wearable art little cuff fiber art bracelets.

Until next time,


Barb said...

Wow, that is so interesting....thanks for showing.

Miss Nancy said...

I have seen demonstrations on this type of dyeing in the past. It looks fascinating and creative. If I tried to dye fabric, I would have anything and everything around me splattered with the dye liquid. Great demonstration. Thank you for sharing.

Have a super great day.

Janet said...

This looks so awesome! What a fun workshop to attend--something new and different. I'll look forward to seeing what you do.

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Heather Reid said...

Thank you for sharing my project with your website audience - I'm so happy you liked the pillow! The Sari Ribbon is so fun - no matter what you make with it, it turns out colorful and beautiful.
Wonderful website you have!!
See you at the next LFAW meeting : )

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