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. 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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To continue learning about the art of Shibori, you might enjoy these additional posts.
DIY Abstract Interior Painting - inspired by Leah Bartholomew
Are you in need of the perfect artwork for a room in your house? Do you want a project that looks fantastic and can even be accomplished with a 5 year old? This project falls into my handmade home category. As you may know, I love to paint, especially abstracts! I often get the urge to paint more freely and in a meditative way. Color and abstraction really lend themselves to meditation. I recently came across Australian artist, Leah Bartholomew's work and I really fell in love with her style. I am a big fan of color, especially blues and pastels, so I got really excited. Here is a picture of one of her rooms below. One thing that you will love about this project is that you can do it alone, in tandem with your kids!
Abstract Painting Materials
You will want to gather some supplies for your abstract painting. First off, I would like to say that you do not need all of these supplies although paints, paper and glue are essential. I was actually able to clean out my collage paper drawer which consists of wallpapers and construction paper and I was able to re-use in that way.
Studio Time • Process •
Here is where I will loosely summarize what the process looks like for me.
Here are some results from my students!
Later, I added in a pear and an apple! I felt that fruits were easier for my students to draw than flowers. We used tracing paper to draw on, so that background would show through. I added a bit of Modge Podge on top to seal each one. If I were doing the project on my own, I would sketch in botanical illustrations in pencil.
You could also experiment with size. Instead of ordering a set of 3 canvas panels, you could do one large canvas like Leah does - I like this 30" x 40" canvas size for interior art. It would even be fun to create a custom painting using interior paint colors in the room!
I have to share one more of Leah Bartholomew's beautiful pieces with you before you go! So bright and summery, no?
Over the past few years, I have experimented with a variety of textile and surfaces for natural dyes. Indigo is my dye of choice, although I often experiment with botanical prints on fabric too. If you are a natural dyer, artist or simply someone looking to explore textiles in a more sustainable way, then I am going to share my favorite blank textiles for natural dyeing.
As you will see, all of my selections for this round-up are either cotton, linen or silk, which are all natural fibers.
Napkins and Paper Products
Tea Towels and Scarves
Tea towels are another awesome way to get started working with indigo and Shibori techniques. They make amazing accessories for your kitchen. If you wish to go larger or create a personal accessory, then I recommend a scarf!
Pocketsquares, T-shirts and Totes
If you are looking for additional items to dye that might make a great gift, then I highly recommend the items listed below. Pocket-squares make the perfect gift for a man, who likes to accessorize. Kid's t-shirts are a great birthday gift or baby shower gift, while tote-bags are reusable and always come in handy.
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