For the Continuity shrine in our upcoming exhibition, here is silk organza stitch and clamp resist dyed in black eucalyptus dye to a soft grey. The dye is left over from the shrouds mentioned in a previous post.
The fabric is first folded multiple times, then stitched with a fine polyester sewing thread used for leather, as it is strong and resists the dye.
Sewn straight lines to pull into pleats
Pulled as tightly as possible
Extra binding for resist to the dye
Clamped with carved lino designs slotted in between the layers and a wooden block on one side to add extra grip (would work better with a wooden block on both sides)
The fabrics are then simmer dyed for about ten minutes, left to dry, unpicked/unclamped, washed and pressed.
Clamp resist and lino print dyed silk
Pleated stitched resist dyed silk
Spiral stitched resist dyed silk organza