A new shibori project
A couple of years ago I had another shibori book that I used to make a lot of samples of shibori fabric. You can see them all in my shibori gallery. It was a very good exercise and I've never pressured myself to do anything with those pieces. It was all about the learning.
Earlier this year this book came out. I believe that most books that are published in the craft arena are pretty much crap but this one is outstanding. So I'm going to start a new personal sibori series and this one will focus on all stitched motifs. I think I'll take a chapter a month and do as many pieces as I can. You are welcome to stitch and dye along with me. If you think you want to do this but don't want to dye them contact me and we can work out something where I can dye your pieces for you.
Let me give you a peek into the book so you can see if you want to buy it to work through it yourself.
There's single layer stitching.
Machine stitched resists and tons more.
In the book that I used before the designs were mostly historical and traditional designs and most were out of my skill set. This book is different. Jane Callender gives very detailed instructions and I've already learned some great techniques that I didn't grasp before.
I took the book and some fabrics on vacation the past 2 weeks and got started on some stitching. It was great work for the 14 hour card drive in each direction. Now I have to figure out if I want to dye them traditional blue (like the last set I made) or go in a different direction. Meanwhile I'll keep stitching and will try to show progress at least once a month.
8/28/2017 04:04:00 pm
Found the Shibori book on Abebooks.Com for $19.35 and free shipping. Looking forward to the fun
8/28/2017 06:46:35 pm
Oh Boy! I can't wait to see what you do with this. Those fabrics look beautiful.
8/29/2017 09:30:45 am
I did some stitched Shibori years ago. It takes a lot of patience! I don't know whether putting the stitching in or taking it out was more trying for me. I did see an exhibit 5 or 6 years ago of kimonos that were dyed using this sort of method, but the kimonos when they were lined up reveled the changes of the seasons. It was spectacular, but I would have lost my mind!
8/29/2017 10:57:13 am
Thanks for the book review - will have to get this one. Looks very detailed and well-written.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.