While I was going thru my mother's things, I found some silk scarves from the late 50s and early 60s. They were very beautiful, but simple, examples of Shibori. As you may know from various articles in IWK, Shibori is the precursor to tye-dyeing. Tiny knots, pebbles, and little beans are used to create resist patterns.
I also found a picture of my nieces in front of the giraffe habitat at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It dawned on me that I could use Shibori techniques to replicate animal skins. I got out my trusty Bond, and whizzed thru a skein of Paton's Merino. I tied it up. I used wine corks, clear ouchless ponytail holders, a few bottle caps...every plastic gizmo I could muster from the junk drawer.
Then, I mixed about 3/4 cup white vinegar, almost an entire jar of Wilton's food colors and a cup of water. And I threw my meager bundle in. And nuked. And nuked. And nuked. Then I snipped.
The ensuing bag looked something like this...not QUITE Giraffe-like, more Pythony. So I embroidered a few strands nilly-willy and....
I have to felt the bejezus out of it, and put in a drawstring.