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After her Slow Fiber Studios tour to Japan early this year, WSN Member Fine Gelfand was inspired to use shibori techniques on hats. She wrote to us, sharing some of her recent work.
“It was important to me to pre-plan the shibori designs so that they would appear in specific places on the brims rather than cut the pattern from fabric with all over shibori designs. I dyed silk organza for all three hats simultaneously and designed the hats one at a time as I went along. The third hat was designed for Yoshiko as a gift, if she will have it. It incorporates stitching as well as kumo shibori. This hat incorporates a structure I developed that allows the hat to be folded flat for traveling!” – Fine Gelfand
Fine’s construction process in pictures is posted below.
Fine is intrigued with the concept of water acting as a resist in shibori and would love to know if anybody else has had experiences or experiments around the same. If you have thoughts/comments that you’d like to share, you can connect directly with Fine via the WSN Member’s Only portal < here >
About Fine Gelfand
Verena Fine Gelfand is a textile artist/surface designer with a background in weaving. She creates one of a kind hats and garments as well a 3-D textile sculpture using crochet, knitting, felting, stitchery, dyeing and digital printing. Fine lives with her husband on beautiful Whidbey Island in Washington State where she is a member of the Whidbey Island Surface Design group. Read more about Fine < here >