Upcycled scarves

Indigo shibori scarves

I can completely transform scarves by overdyeing with indigo, using shibori resist techniques. Shibori is a kind of sophisticated tie dye, where a resist is used to prevent the dye from reaching parts of the fabric to create a pattern.

There are several ways of doing this, including:

  • Folding and clamping (itajime): I concertina fold the scarf into squares or triangles and then clamp a resist on either side. When the scarf is dipped into indigo, the dye is unable to reach the parts beneath the resist, creating a regular geometric pattern.
  • Stitch resist (ori nui): I hand stitch a pattern on the scarf and then pull up the threads as tightly as possible. When the scarf is dipped into indigo, the dye is unable to reach the parts that have been stitched, so the pattern shows up against a blue background.
  • Pole wrapping (arashi): I wrap the scarf around a pole, bind it with string and then compress the fabric. The result is a rippled pattern reminiscent of water.

Depending on the thickness of the fabric and size of the scarf, some shibori techniques may be more suitable than others - I can advise.

Indigo dyeing is best suited to natural fibres such as cotton, silk, linen and wool - synthetic fibres do not take up the dye very well. See here for more information on indigo shibori.


Felt scarves

If you have old wool sweaters or damaged lightweight silk scarves or garments, I may be able to incorporate them into a new felt scarf.

I do this by laying out a couple of layers of sheep's fleece and putting strips or shapes cut from the sweater or silk scarf on top. Then I wet it with soap and water and rub and roll everything until the fibres interlock and shrink to form felt. See here for more information on felting.

shibori arashi scarf
nuno felt scarf