Way back in August I mentioned a new project to work through this book to practice stitched shibori. I took the book on vacation and stitched several pieces during the drive. Since then I've been distracted by other projects (like those darned beaded ornaments). Now that the ornaments are done I'm ready to get back to this and the first step was to dye the stuff that I stitched in August.
Here they are before dyeing and you are welcome to try to match them up with the finished pieces but I'm not sure that I could even do that! The stitching step takes up to 2 hours for each piece.
The down side of stitched shibori is removing the stitching after it's dyed. The fabric is still wet and you have to be careful not to cut the fabric. It took about an hour and a half to remove the stitching in all of these pieces. This is why you can never profitably sell stitched shibori pieces.
Some of the pieces will be done again until I get them right. The top 2 moons are perfect but the bottom one didn't turn out quite right. That gap is supposed to go from edge to edge so I'll do another of these. I also need to be more attentive in my dyeing and swish the fabrics around more. If I had done that the center of the top left moon would be more solid.
Both of these turned out exactly like I wanted.
The only one in this group that I'm really happy with is the bottom right. The stitching was fine in the other 3 but I would have had better effects with the rows of stitching spread further apart. I'll do them again.
Now the rejects aren't really "rejects". I'll use them in a project sometime along the way. But I want to make my pieces look like the pieces in the book and I'm not even past chapter 1 yet!
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.
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