Pipe-Wrapping Technique for Dyeing Fabric
by Lois Ericson
from Threads #72, p. 67
Derived from the ancient Japanese resist-dye art of shibori, wrapping loose folds of fabric with string around a plastic PVC pipe (or pole, bottle, or the like) can create exciting patterns.
Start by dividing the fabric into roughly even segments and taping them around the top edge of the pipe, then wrap the fabric with a continuous length of string, allowing the fabric to fold up randomly or regularly underneath (left). Stop occasionally to scrunch up the wrapped portion (right) so it will be covered easily when dipped.
When the dipped fabric looks “done” (left), unwrap it before rinsing, neutralizing, and rerinsing. The finished fabric is at right.
More on dyeing fabric:
Scrunch the wrapped portion before dipping.
Wrapped in string, the fabric is dipped to create the patterns.
Pipe-wrapped fabric shows the striated pattern left by the string.