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12 thoughts on “A simple shibori wool bundle

  1. kmlittle says:

    Hi Louise
    What sort of wool product will we be needing for Week 1 please?
    Small white something eg little top, plain baby blanket from an op shop?

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      Louise Upshall says:

      Great question! I’ll be demonstrating on a rectangle cut from a woollen blanket and on a jumper (pullover), both of which I found secondhand. But the basic technique is adaptable to different shapes. I recommend getting some kind of square or rectangle wool fabric whether that is a scarf, a piece of fabric or a wool blanket, plus a piece of clothing such as a jacket, jumper, dress. The wool can be white or even a pale colour. What you suggested sounds great.

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      Louise Upshall says:

      There seems to be lots of common misconceptions about eco-printing, like the fabric always needing to be wet, or having to soak the leaves in vinegar. I’ve always used dry fabric and it works for me. Because we are boiling our bundles, rather than steaming, the water in the pot will quickly saturate it anyway.

  2. mieke says:

    haii, so you mean that if we use wool, we can use fresh leaves, while soaked leaves for cotton. how about for silk? anyway, i can’t find any wool for sale in indonesia.. ?

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    Louise Upshall says:

    Yes that’s right, soaked leaves for cotton (when using an iron mordant), and fresh for wool or silk (also fresh for cotton when using a soy binder because this behaves similar to wool/silk). Some eco-printer use fresh leaves for everything, but this is what I have personally gotten best results with.

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