Stitched shibori, handwoven shibori

16 July 2009

 We will be doing hand stitching to create resists for dyeing in our  first Silk Shibori Session starting on 28th of July. We will also do fold and clamp (itajime).

There are many kinds of stitched designs and a few of the Japanese names are mokume, ori-nui, maki-age.  I’m not trying to teach you Japanese but if you search this blog for these terms you will find  much information.  Also see pages 85-90 of my book.  We even had a challange on maki-age and there is a lot of info and pics.

As of this moment all participants in the class are also weavers.  Some stitched shibori  can be done while weaving.  Here is an article about handwoven shibori if you have not seen much. The way you compress the cloth, and how to dye the resisted cloth are the same whether you have laid in the the gathering threads while weaving or used a needle after the cloth is woven.  Patterns and spacing are related too. Hand stitched, not done on the loom, is more versatile.  It is hard to create images on the loom.

 Here are pictures of a woven shibori project start to finish.   Weavezine recently had an article about woven shibori on a rigid heddle loom.  The weakest link in most of these projects is the dyeing of the shibori.  I hope this short sesion in stitched shibori would lead to  sucessful dyeing of any future  shibori project, woven or not, undertaken.



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