How to Stitch shibori Circles
Last week, I hosted an Indigo Shibori Small Group Private Lesson at my home studio in Los Angeles. We had a fabulous group of guests, all with a serious affinity for textiles. At the workshop, I got a few questions about how to create stitched resist patterns, so I thought I would share a few with you today.
When I first started working with Shibori, I worked to master 3 Basic Shibori techniques: Arashi, Itajime, and Kumo shibori. I mainly focus on those techniques at the workshops! Although, I get a lot of interest in the stitched pieces too. Later in my textile practice, I dove into Shibori stitch resist, such as mokume (wood grain) shibori.
To begin, I folded my fabric in half, although this would certainly work with the fabric open too. With the fabric folded in half, you get a symmetry to the piece. Then, I mark where I will be stitching. It is up to you, how far apart you space the curves.
Later, you stitch along the lines as shown below. Stitching evenly produces, a uniform pleat whereas stitching at random creates some wavering and variation. When, you look at my final piece, you can probably tell where I have stitched evenly and where I let the stitching be more random. Next, you gather or pull up your stitches to form a pleat.
Many of the stitched techniques, I learned by reading online while others, I learned from the book Stitched Shibori by Jane Calendar.
Below, you can see my circle piece has a symmetric quality due to the fabric being folded prior to the stitching. I masked the edges of the piece off with plastic wrap to prevent them from being dyed. This piece was on cotton linen and I created it custom for a client in another state.
We used Framebridge to have it float framed and shipped directly the the client. I am looking forward to seeing this beauty up on the wall!
I will host one additional Shibori Small Group Private lesson this year and one large group indigo and madder dyeing session in November. Details for both events are coming soon!
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