Having done my first flower of Life sweater with the embroidery technique Sashiko, Thought I would try my hand at bleach drawing with the flower of life design on denim. Rather than buying bleach pens I tried a diy one by using an old dried out pen taking out the inner part and soaking this in bleach, There you go! you have a “bleach pen”. I did still want to have a little embroidery on the design so I just highlighted one of the flowers. I Will definitely try bleach drawing again soon!
Sweater modeled by my beautiful daughter Monique can be purchased from my up and coming Etsy store TheBrightLite.
This is my most recent clothing up-cycle project and it is a craft that I really enjoy, The feeling from creating a new item from something old and adding your own twist is really satisfying. The bottom of the dress was made from spare black denim that I had floating around the house and the top was taken from a vintage Monsoon dress that I found in the fabulous vintage shop Baklash in Nottingham. The original dress was long with long sleeves with the odd moth hole so I felt like I breathed new life into this dress.
After making a flower of life design using the Japanese stitching technique Sashiko I was wondering about other ways to incorporate and learn ancient craft techniques and transfer them into new modern designs.After having a good search on Pinterest I was pleasantly surprised about the amount of techniques that I knew nothing about that are out there.
But one in particular that caught my eye was a Resist-dyed technique using indigo dye called Ndop from Cameroon which is similar to Shibori) . The fabric is stitched into before dying with indigo dye to reveal a pattern. In Mali “Mud Cloth” which is also known as bògòlanfinior a paste of mud or cassava which is used to draw on the fabric which is then left to dry in the sun and then submerged in to a dye.
Well my take on the bògòlanfinior for now was to try a flour paste
I was just giving this a go so I did not have any fabric dye so opted for bleach which I am surprised had quite an interesting result..It worked well as the material used was denim and I bleached out most of the colour.
I will have a bit more of a play with the flour paste resist but will probably try different material, a fabric dye and a more of an intricate design, So watch this space… Flour Paste Resist.