Dyeing Fabric - Shibori Techniques

Step Simple Stitching: Stitching in rows of straight lines creates a wood grain pattern called Mokume.

Developed by weaver and dyer Catharine Ellis (North Carolina, USA) in the 1990s, these woven shibori scarf blanks utilize weaving structure as a resist technique. Inspired by traditional Japanese nui (stitched) shibori, the blanks are woven with supplemental warp or weft threads which create resist patterns upon gathering. The sample set includes five patterns: blocks, chevron, diagonal, small circles, and zig-zag. 5 samples, approximately 30 x 28cm (12 x 11in). 75% mercerized pima cotton…

Woven Shibori Blank - Sample Set

Shibori lily flower by Townhill Studio. Simple ori nui stitching to create petals and stem.

Shibori lily flower by Townhill Studio. Simple ori nui stitching to create petals and stem.

Indigo shibori dye - Ori-nui shibori pattern. The fabric is folded along the lines and stitched through two layers, and the thread is pulled up really tight. It’s going to be a clutch purse soon. (Little m Blue)

Mine won't be indigo, but I like the subtle texture of the Ori-nui shibori pattern.

Although I don’t like to do it often, sometimes falling down the internet rabbit hole for hours on end can be a rewarding experience. When I last fell into the digital abyss, I came up for air only to realize I had been on the computer for two and a half hours. Shameful. Thankfully,  my watering, computer-damaged eyes were not in vain, for I had discovered something wonderful: Catharine Ellis and her shibori weavings.

Thankfully, my watering, computer-damaged eyes were not in vain, for I had discovered something wonderful: Catharine Ellis and her shibori weavings.

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DIY Indigo Dye Series – Shibori Dish Towels - Different techniques!

DIY Indigo Dye Series – Shibori Dish Towels

DIY Indigo Dye Series – Shibori Dish Towels - Different techniques!

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