Once it was at the prefelt stage and could be picked up carefully, I shibori bundled and tied it as in various ways with the wool side up 1. Flat marbles closed with small hair type rubber bands, 2. stones closed with large rubber bands, 3. pinching up the fabric and tying it with Japanese cotton thread, 4. making balls from wool roving and enclosing them in the prefelt and tying them off with Japanese cotton thread.
Lesson learned: Decide if you want to make your shibori bundles with the wool side facing up, which I did, or the silk side facing up. It may make a difference depending on how you want to use it to create your felted garment.
|To remove the flat marbles, I stuck a needle between the wrapped rubber band and then cut it with a small scissors|
|This is the silk side of the marbles and stones which I liked better than the wool side.|
|The photo above is the wool side of the pinched fabric tied with Japanese cotton thread. I like the silk side better in the photo below.|