Thursday, September 14, 2006


i did it, i dyed and discombobulated my scarf and it looks great! I'll show you each step so that you can use shibori too!

first: knit the scarf

i used cascade ecological wool in it's lightest color. it's untreated with chemicals which guarantees a good felt and it will take up dye easily. plus, they give you 478 yards which is a steal for 15 bucks.

then, place the scarf in warm water until all the air bubbles are out, and slowly add heat and dye (i used four packs of black cherry kool-aid.)

to achieve the gradation that i wanted, i slowly lifted the middle of the scarf out of the dye and continued to add dye to the rest of the scarf in the pot.

i added more and more dye while pulling the scarf out until i reached the end.

i rinsed it in warm water, then layed it on a table to figure out the bead placement.

i pressed the beads into the wrong side of the scarf so that the bubbles would appear on the right side and stretched the fabric tightly across the beads. i wrapped them with rubber bands and then i smelled very bad, like a wet sheep that swam in black cherry kool-aide.

next i threw that sucker in the washing machine with some detergent. i made sure that water was hot hot hot! and out popped a fabulously felted scarf.

i took off the rubber bands, popped the beads out and presto! cool scarf!



At 5:28 PM, Blogger Fuck You Google said...

Haha, "discombobulated."

I used to know someone who said that, and I never thought it was actually a word.

But that's a pretty cool scarf.

And the process was interesting.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Emily said...

That is an awesome scarf! I really like the color graduation and those bubble things are amazing!

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


What a cool scarf. I love it. I am so glad that you knit. I think about Pa Pa Bob all the time and it makes me proud that you are continuing something that he has taught you. Keep up the good work.

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That scarf is absolutely brilliant!

I'm surprised at how much I really like the Kool-Aid dye, and the bubbles are super cool.

Well done. . .

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Alice said...

wow! that turned out really well. I've seen a few felted with marbles/ beads like that and want to try it for the process, but most of the finished products I've seen so far weren't nearly so lovely as yours.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Anushka said...

My god, that is one cool scarf.

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How great is this scarf! Plus, it looked like a lot of fun to make.

At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best use of felting I have seen. Brava! Are those large wooden beads you used?

At 10:18 AM, Blogger rachel iufer said...

i used those glass rock/bead thingies that you use to put in vases to decorate or to play mancala. what are they called anyway? i got them at wal-mart for some wonderfully small price. wood pieces would work well too though.

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Did you knit the scarf larger to account for shrinkage? What size needle and # of stitches? It was hard to tell in the first photo. I will definitely try your method...I already ordered the yarn through your link.


At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank's so much for this explication , i was looking for since a moment !! so beautiful !

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello can I use oe of your picture for an article I want to do this the subject "shibori" ? of course I will put your link and name !

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At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Viagra Online said...

a real easy way to turn a normal cloth, into something really cool, well in the case of a women, because I don't think in use something like this jajajaja.

At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Harvey Morrison said...

pretty cool trick to get that gradient color effect. Never thought of that.


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