Three step maki-age

15 October 2007

Multicolored ground

It doesn’t take long for an artist applying color with a brush, even a sponge brush, to start using more colors. So here is a ground I painted for the samples for the hygragena jackets.

Using this as The starting point; I stitched and bound the motifs and dyed the cloth the lavender grey I’ve been using.


These look different from the pink ones.  But the process can be complicated even more by discharging before dying the grey.  The grey covers the colors well, you can’t see the mulicolored ground under the grey so why bother.  Discharge halos !  Discharge always penetrates farther than the dye does leaving little bands with no added color where you can see the discharge color—HALOS. The motif I chose as the icon for this challenge was discharged and has distinct halos making the pattern within the motif even more mysterious.



 Maki-age is very similar to capped motifs, where the motif is covered with plastic instead of bound, and I tried both in this test. The  three-step process (we haven’t gotten to the 12-step one yetWink)  as follows:

Stitch and bind the motifs on the mutlicolored ground. Soak. Discharge.




Then dye.


Then carefully remove all the threads. My favorite tool for this is a seam ripper.




Here is another piece from Pat Freiert that shows a three-step process.


The challenge

I’m just thrilled with the work and learning that is going on among the 15 participants in the challenge and visible at the  Maki-age Shibori Challenge Flickr group. There is still time to join us.  Just try a piece this month and upload a picture before Halloween is over.



3 Responses to “Three step maki-age”

  1. Leigh Says:

    Very clever. The results are stunning!


  2. glennis Says:

    discharge halos- love ’em! still enjoying the challenge and think i’ll try for that great halo effect on the next piece of makiage with more of the discharged black cotton.
    btw- regarding capping- some time back i did some arashi where i cut shapes from heavy ziplock bags and wrapped over them reserving the areas beneath. it worked quite well. haven’t seen anyone using this technique so thought i’d mention it. it just came to me one day while pole wrapping…


  3. Karren Says:

    Hard not to like halos. 😉
    There is a traditional Japanese technique with little pieces of paper glued, temporarily, to the cloth ( awase-nui, see text on page 80 of Wada’s !st book). Japanese use paper, bamboo, Americans use plastic. Doesn’t mean that your use of it in conjuction with arashi is not innovative.


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