Prepairing Shibori Hankies

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Firing up an indigo vat later today, but first we are wrapping up a batch of handkerchiefs with different shibori patterns.

We've got about a dozen different styles here, each one is folded, pinched and tied off in it's own way to create a specific pattern.

I've found and fallen in love with this Barbour's linen cord. We use it to wrap the pieces before they are immersed in the dye vat, and then I save and use the scraps after the pieces are cut free. The cord takes on the blue of the vat beautifully and is incredibly strong. I use the scraps for detail stitching, wrapping and packaging the finished pieces.