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The Art of Shibori
My fiber art concentrates on Arashi and Bomaki SHIBORI (which comes from a Japanese word meaning "to wring, squeeze, press"), a family of resist dyed textiles more commonly known as "tie dye". I work with 100% silk habotai fabric because it holds the pleats and colors very well in addition to the wonderful 'feel' of silk cloth! The pressing, folding, pleating, and steaming process creates beautiful color and interesting texture on previously white and flat cloth. I create shibori items to wear and display, and every item is one of a kind. See my artist statement and the shibori process for more on the Art of Shibori.
Shibori & Silk Scarves
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How to Tie & Wear a Silk Shibori Scarf
The SIMPLE Tie for a Straight Pleated Scarf
This is the simplest way to tie a shibori scarf. First, fold the scarf in half and drape the folded scarf around your neck.
Next, grasp the two ends of the scarf and thread them through the loop created by folding the scarf in half.
Pull on the ends to tighten the scarf, and adjust the tension.
You can wear this tie with the ends in any direction: straight down, to the side, over the shoulder, or to the back.
The SIDE BOW Tie for a Straight Pleated Scarf
Start with a scarf draped around your neck. One end should be longer than the other.
Bring the long end over the short end and...
Pull a loop of the long end through.
The loop will go through the same hole as your neck.
Pull through only as much scarf for as desired; the more scarf, the larger the bow.
Release loop and fluff as desired.
This technique can also be combined with other ties or used to shorten any long ends!
The KNOT & WRAP Tie
Drape the scarf around your neck with the center in front and the ends in back.
Bring the ends around to the front and release for a simple WRAP tie.
A simple WRAP tie with the ends hanging loose.
Or the ends can be knotted in front for a KNOT & WRAP tie.
WRAP the ends around your neck several times and then KNOT for a shorter scarf look.
The FULL BOW Tie for a Straight Pleated Scarf
For a FULL BOW look, drape a scarf around your neck, then make a loop in each side of the scarf and...
Tie them together in a BOW!
Fluff Bow as desired.
The TWISTED Tie for V-pleat or Straight Pleat Scarves
Using a V-pleated scarf, position the V at your center front and...
Toss the ends back over your shoulders
Pull one end around behind your neck and to the front on the opposite side.
Tuck the end of the scarf around the rest of the scarf.
The end should go around the outside and come up through the same hole as your neck making a cute TWISTED area.
You can do this once (shown) or several times depending on the length of the scarf.
Repeat on the other side with the other scarf end.
This same technique can also be done with a straight scarf. Position the scarf around your neck.
Bring the ends around and thread them around as above to make it TWISTED.
This scarf is double TWISTED, with two twists on each side.
Because really ANY knot looks great with a shibori scarf...!!!
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