> or is
> > that just a warning not to get special thread that might not resist
> > dye?
> This is not true. It doesn't matter if the thread takes the dye or
> not. It's pulling the thread taut that keep the fabric underneath
> from dyeing.
> I use the white silk thread available from jacquardproducts.com
> (silkconnection.com) and I rub it with some beeswax before I stitch with it. Unwaxed also works, though.
> Someone once told me that linen thread was always used for shibori.
> None of my shibori sources have ever proven this to be true. I have
> always used silk thread on silk fabric and gotten good results.
> Fujiwara no Aoi
<looking around quick to make sure no well-dressed little
petite heian ladies are looking. then whispering>
Rubber bands work pretty good too. Use different
thicknesses and watch 'em pull their topknots out trying to
figger out howyadidTHAT...
> I wonder now if evidence of wax still
> exists on the extant shibori from Homonji and Shosoin...
...funny i don't see any saran wrap residue on my hand-done
(floral) haori... :-P
(heading off Very Fast for that bus that stops at the Rock
on SCA Cooks list)