Friday, May 13, 2016

Ohe Kapala - Bamboo Stamping

Amy and I recently took a class in bamboo stamping (aka Ohe Kapala) from master kapa maker Dalani Tanahy at the Honolulu Art Museum. We learned how to process the bamboo, carve our own stamps and then print on fabric using paint or dye.  Its not as easy as it sounds!

These samples are Amy's -- she is much better at it than I am. She used Jacquard Textile Paint and stamped several rows on a variety of silk scarves.  The idea is to make new designs by lining up each new row of stamping next to the previous row. 

Below is a picture of the stamps Amy used. Some we carved -- most were purchased from the teacher.

The Hawaiians used this method to decorate the kapa (cloth they made from pounding bark from the mulberry tree). It is making a comeback these days as are many things Hawaiian, 

We're hoping to have these available at the Made in Hawaii show in August.   

Monday, June 9, 2014

Foster Botanical Garden

This is a Loulu Palm at the Foster Botanical Garden in downtown Honolulu. I took the photos for my friend Amy who wants to design a Hawaiian quilt based on this palm.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

More Shibori Scarves

Just a few of the shibori scarves that I pole wrapped and dyed in May. A mix of silk chiffon and silk crepe. All dyed with Tinfix silk dye.

Monday, January 20, 2014

More Ice Dyeing

I used the ice dye method to dye two 45" square pieces of fabric this weekend.
Pink and purple after the ice melted.

 And the same fabric after it was washed and ironed
This is the orange, yellow and turquoise after the ice melted


This is the orange, yellow and turquoise after it was washed and ironed.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


We've had a lot of rain the last few days but also some great rainbows

And this rainbow is over the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki


Friday, December 27, 2013

New Shibori Scarves

Took off yesterday from dyeing devore scarves to play with shibori techniques.  These were a good addition to the devore scarves at my craft fairs this year. Much more time-consuming to make but unique results. All are either chiffon or crepe silk dyed with a combination of natural dyes and silk dyes.
Orange and green silk dye on pale yellow-green. Folded, wrapped and dyed once. Lightweight chiffon 22x72
Pastel violet, blue and pink on cream. Wrapped and dyed once. Crepe. 14x72
Indigo dye on chiffon scarf. Folded, wrapped and dyed four times. Lightweight  chiffon. 22x72.
Violet silk dye on leaf green background. Folded, wrapped and dyed multiple times. Crepe.
Black discharged to tan. Wrapped once. Crepe.