Sunday, April 24, 2016

Indigo Blue and Sysyrinchium too!

Last Sunday's workshop had everything going for it, beautiful weather, energetic students cranked up for creativity and a great feeling of esprit de corps in the air.  I hope these photos can show just how willing they were to stretch the boundaries of techniques, create new folding and tying patterns,  and whenever possible to just stretch their wings.

First the clay paste resist technique:

Amy Grief's chicken stencil with stitch resist was adorable!

Nancy Greenland had a lot of patience with this stencil of dots!

Twist and Tie over marbles
Accordion fold then twist and tie
Getting the hang of Stitch resist.
Linda Johnson's folded and clamped piece had some strange results, but is very nice.
Maggie Clark's uniquely folded piece also had some strange results but the piece is lovely.
A  folded piece in multiple directions.  I could not predict this result.

This antique wood block stamp used with clay resist could have used more thickener
Maggie Clark decided to re-process this piece previously dyed with cochineal
Her hand-painted crows turned out beautifully when mixed with some cut stencils
and clay resist.

Then came the Shibori techniques:

Folded and clamped, but could have used a little more pressure.

It is becoming more and more obvious that blogspot is having a bad hair day.  Nothing is moving from photo files to the correct position.  I have tried starting over twice, but something is happening at the server level, so we will just have to do the best we can.  I hope we can keep the correct captions, but the names of the artist will be missing until I can solve this problem.  Thanks for your patience, and my apologies to the artists.


  1. Hello,
    I am especially interested in the katazome but don't know anything about clay resist. What do you use and is it easy to prepare and use? Is it easy to find in the US?

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Tobie. See my post of September 2, 2015 (scroll down on left, click on 2015 and the post will expand, find the one for September 2, and the recipe for the clay resist is there. It is very easy to find the supplies to make your own. It is a simple 1-2-3 recipe, and only requires Epsom Salt (at Walmart), Gum Arabic powder (at, 1 lb. bag is cheap and goes a long way), and Bentonite clay powder (at health food stores, used for dry shampooing hair among other things. Buy the one pound size. The one two three portions are for mixing with 100 ml of water to make a single batch, still until smooth, and use sponges, brushes squeeze bottles or what ever to apply. Stop back anytime

  3. Thank you! Sounds very easy!