Blue Moons and dots

It’s nearly full moon. I will savor three full moons this month — the two touchable blue moons I bought from Shibori Girl’s shop (one moon, one bookmark) plus the one bright moon in the sky. Along with my moons, Glennis gave me 3 design stencils for kanoko shibori” that she brought back from Japan. They are pictured below, on top of the pasted cloth.


The stencils are not made from shibugami (Japanese stencil paper), so I didn’t soak them before pasting, which is my usual routine. I think they are made from another type of heavy paper and treated with shellac to make them water resistant. Since the margins are missing, I masked the fabric and used some newsprint to protect the fabric outside the designs from smears of rice paste. I intend to make an “instant indigo” vat this week, and dip these pieces. I wonder if the white dots will show, since the paste is only on one side. I will post the results later in the week.  I’ve used linen/cotton scraps and vintage cotton napkins I found at a local estate sale. The fabric has not been treated with soybean milk. This would prevent the indigo from penetrating to some extent.

The triangle pattern reminds me a little of this.


Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

4 thoughts on “Blue Moons and dots”

  1. It’s great you could take a class w/John – nothing like seeing, touching and doing to enhance understanding!

  2. This will be so interesting to see. I’m very curious to see the results of your instant indigo vat dipping

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