Applying indigo with a pipette is another way of creating simple shibori patterns and with it you can create some fresh-looking designs.
By using a pipette the indigo can be collected and transferred to the fabric without coming into contact with too much oxygen. Just the area of the simple shibori patterns can be dyed leaving the shibori stitch resist design against a white background.
I have already shared some pipette designs but here are some further simple experiments. Today have mainly used maki age shibori, which involves stitching the outline to a simple shape, gathering it up and binding it.
So as not to repeat my general instructions about sewing please look at this blog post to see the general tips of equipment needed. “7 Helpful Hints for Shibori Sewing”
4 Simple Shibori Patterns for You
1 & 2 Leaf and Seed Pod
These 2 designs are made in exactly the same way. Draw your shape on the fabric with a washable marker to start.
Each shape is stitched around with a double thread starting and ending at the same place leaving long ends for pulling up.
A stem is added at the bottom. This is created by carefully folding along the line of the stem. With a double thread and small cotton “tag” in the end sew through 2 layers of fabric. Pull the thread up gathering the fabric tightly and knotting. Take a slightly thicker thread somewhere between button thread and double knitting weight and start at the bottom of the pulled together shape and knot it around at the base. Then continue winding the thread around til you get to the top and then tie the ends together to secure it.
This simple shibori pattern is made exactly as described for the leaf and pod but omitting the stem.
Draw a small circle and stitch 3 rows of running stitches equally spaced. Gather these up around a cork or dowel and tie off. Place a small circle of plastic over the shape and fix securely with a binding thread.
How to Dye With a Pipette
1. Make up an indigo stock and secondly make a small vat with some of the stock in an old measuring jug or similar is quite enough.
2. Presoak your fabrics in water but let them drain, you don’t want them really wet.
3. Using a plastic pipette draw up some indigo and transfer it to the fabric, just to the stitched areas. Allow to air for 10 mins and then reapply some more until you get the colour you desire.
Unpick the stitching carefully to reveal your simple shibori patterns. You could use your fabric pieces to create some pretty little lavender bags or as part of a quilt. I am going to use mine to create some lavender bags!
I do hope this inspires you to try this out for yourself.