What Will YOU Make with the Shibori Dyeing Collection?
The absolute best class I took in college was a fiber arts class. Our first unit focused on shibori dyeing. I had never dyed anything before, and the concept terrified me. Mixing the toxic dyes gave me flashbacks to my organic chemistry lab (the worst class I took in college), and my perfectionism left me constantly afraid of doing something wrong. But after the first day, I was hooked. I left my perfectionism behind, and I’ve been experimenting with wild dyeing abandon ever since!
It was in that fiber arts class that I started thinking about combining my new love of this method with my other great fiber love: crochet. I started using crochet thread to make different filet crochet patterns and then dyeing them with shibori dye techniques, and I loved the results! About a year ago I sent out a submission call (see current submission calls) and was overjoyed to see the immense creativity from some of our crochet designers. Those amazing ideas ended up in our Summer 2018 issue of Interweave Crochet.
This started me thinking. Shibori dye could look fantastic in combination with all kinds of yarn craft! I had visions of handwoven napkins dyed with Arashi shibori, crochet motifs that use Itajime shibori, a dip-dyed knit beanie, speckle-dyed handspun yarn! One day, in an Interweave meeting, I posed the question to my fellow editors, “Would anyone be interested in an Interweave Dye Day?” Pretty much every hand in the room shot in the air, and the answer was a resounding yes.
So I ordered us a few indigo dye kits, made sure everyone had the latest issue of Interweave Crochet, and showed everyone where they could download the videos on Arashi and Itajime shibori. With our combined yarn-craft knowledge, the possibilities are ENDLESS! We’re making all these tools available for you, too! Our latest kit, the Shibori Indigo Dyeing Collection, includes an indigo dye kit, the summer issue of Interweave Crochet (including 3 articles on dyeing instruction), and the 2 video downloads. What will YOU make with this collection? Tune in for future posts to see what we make here at Interweave!
If you’re feeling apprehensive about starting up your own dye pot, you’re not alone (I was nervous about it, too!). There are a number of posts that explain the process. You can do it! Read on!
1. Try Shibori Dyeing with the Shibori Pillow.
2. Try Ombré Dyeing with the Ombré Nesting Baskets.
3. Try Blue-on-Blue Dyeing with the Blue-on-Blue Sweater.
Share what you make with us! Upload a picture to any of our Interweave Craft pages or share with us on Instagram @InterweaveCraft!
Happy stitching AND dyeing!
Editor, Interweave Crochet