By Daniel G. Van Olst
- A long thin waterproof form, maybe 4 or 5 inches wide and about as long as the diagonal on your flags. I use one side of a Dharma fabric box covered in Saran Wrap, so it’s about 5″ by 45″.
- About a dozen rubber bands, big newspaper ones, not the wimpy little ones.
- An old beach towel you can get dye on.
Double your silk and drape over one end of the form where you want your center point to and secure with a rubber band.
Pleat fabric from left to right.
Be sure to tug down a bit as you add each pleat, so that all of the pleats are the same length in the long direction as well as the short direction.
Repeat every 8 inches or so, working down the form until done.
It helps if you preload an extra rubber band every time you complete a row of pleats, so that you have it handy for the next row.
Completed tie job, both front and back.
Put assembly on old towel and apply dye.
You need to completely finish applying dye to the front side before going on.
You can’t go back.
Flip assembly onto towel.
Cut rubber bands and remove form.
Apply dye to back side, attempting to remember in the process what you did to the front side.
Make a rolled log of fabric and baggies.
Stick the entire thing in another baggie and secure with rubber bands.
the complpleted dye job
I’ve learned with the dye application that you don’t want anything too complicated, otherwise you end up with a “frog-in-a-blender” effect; and you don’t want to apply horizontal bands, since you end up with concentric rings that might be better achieved with a radial fold.
Simple diagonal striped patterns seem to work well.