Shibumi Scarf

Shibumi Scarf

I made my very own Shibumi Silk Scarf at a craft festival.  You may have seen these booths at your local fairs, but this was the first time I had seen one around here and I had to try it.

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You start out with a long tank of water.

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Then you drip inks all over the water.  You get to choose the colors.

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You keep adding until you are “done” or satisfied with the design.

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Next you get a wooden skewer and swirl the pigments. In retrospect I liked mine a little better before I swirled but just like vinegar and oil in a cruet, there’s no turning back once you start mixing.

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Next, you pull a piece of silk taut across the top of the water table. This is a two person job and then you simply lay the silk over the water slowly to absorb the colors.

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When you pull it up, the colors are adhered and you take it home in a bag to dry and enjoy.  It was simple and fun.  This is a scarf you can wear, but I don’t wear scarves because they make me too hot so I am using mine as a table runner.

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After I see it on the table, I’ve changed my mind again and I’m glad I did swirl the colors. I love it.   I believe I could have stood there all day making them with different colors and patterns.  Each one was unique and treasured by the person making it.

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Now, don’t spill anything on it or you will be in big trouble. No gravy or spaghetti for this meal!  I’m thinking dry toast and peanuts. Surely no one can make a mess of that.

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4 Responses to Shibumi Scarf

  1. Anonymous May 29, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    Your scarf is beautiful. I should have made one!

  2. Merry Carol May 30, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Never have seen anything like this…it looks like fabulous fun….

  3. Gina May 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    How cool! Beautiful results!

    • Julie May 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

      It was very easy to do with my two “helpers” guiding me. It would be interesting to see if there is a home version to try somewhere online.

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