We're constantly marveling at gorgeous things and wondering to ourselves "How did they make that!?" So, rather than wonder we decided why not just ask. In the coming weeks we'll be exploring the process of some of our favorite makers. Up first: Veronica Giavedoni of Nido.
Giavedoni's line debuted at Feliz last fall & we've been dreaming about her hand-dyed pillows & textiles ever since.
All of my products are hand-dyed and thus have a one-of-a-kind quality to them even when I make them in batches.
For most of my designs, like the Apex pillows, I dye large sections of fabric that I then cut and sew (and sometimes cut and sew again!) to create patchwork patterns.
My dish towels differ in that I create the undyed product first and then get to work on adding color and pattern.
I employ various hand dyeing and shibori techniques depending on the design I am trying to achieve. Shibori is a traditional Japanese fabric art that utilizes a variety of resist methods such as binding, clamping and stitch techniques to create intricate dye patterns and rich textures. Traditionally, fabric is dyed in a fermented indigo vat. I use Fiber Reactive Dyes which allow me to mix colors and have more control over saturation. One of the shibori techniques I’ve really enjoyed is a simple stitch-resist.
I start by lightly drawing lines on the folded dish towels, then sew a basting stitch through the layers.
The threads are then pulled into a tight gather and knotted before submerging the dishtowels in the dye.
I dye a batch of 12 or so dishtowels at time to create a set that are all the same color.
After the dye has had enough time to cure, the dye is washed out after which comes the fun part — ripping out the thread to reveal the design! The dye does not penetrate the fabric where the thread is gathered tightly.
My favorite part of dyeing my own fabric is the thrill of the reveal of hand-dyeing techniques like stitch-resist – it never gets old!
All images via Veronica Giavedoni