5 Marvellous Maki-Age Shapes to Create with Stitched Shibori

Let us look at what great designs we can make from maki-age shapes and stitching. In addition I hope they will inspire your creations in sophisticated tie dye techniques.

Maki-age shibori stitch is quite simple. Indeed, all you need to do is stitch around the outline of the shape you want to make in a running stitch. Use a double thread and leave long threads hanging for gathering up. Maki-age is more challenging if the shape is irregular, or you want to create lots of maki-age shapes close to each other. I will show you examples from simple to more elaborate!

Consequently, it is a useful way of working to create irregular patterns, such as petals, seed heads and buds, all types of simplified natural motifs. When gathered up it is bound tightly around with either the long thread ends you sewed with or rather as I prefer, to use a heavier thread.

maki age technique (3)
Illustrates different ways to bind the maki-age shapes

Additionally, using varied thickness of threads and winding the threads very close together or further apart produce different effects in the finished design.

5 Pleasing Projects in Maki-Age

Some of the examples have a blog with more detail. I give the link for these where they exist.

1. A Simple Maki-Age Shape Flower.

I am going to begin with a simple but effective pattern, a five petalled flower. Drawing the 5 divisions accurately helps make this pattern a success. Or just trace over the photo here. It is just 6cms or 2 ½” across. Stitch around the shape with the thread double, gather it up and bind it with a heavier weight cotton. Furthermore, I love to use this small design as a visible mending patch.

Here it is decorated with embroidery stitches.

Two maki age shapes, blue and green

2. Using a Double Line of Stitching.

This paisley pattern on wool felt is a slight variation. I have used two rows of running stitches around the shape. In the same way as before both rows are pulled up and the inner line bound with a thicker cotton thread. This creates a slightly different effect once dyed and unpicked. Click here for more information on shibori on felt

3. Four Irregular Maki-Age Shapes to Make a Whole.

Next let us see what can be achieved using 4 separate maki-age shapes, a more complicated flower shape. Each shape is outlined in running stitches. The threads are pulled up and then a button weight polyester thread is used to wind around the shape leaving quite a good amount of the gathered fabric exposed.

When gathering long or sharp cornered shapes it is tricky to ensure all the fabric is bound in. Indeed, I just accept this as part of the design, serendipity. Click here for further information on executing this design.

4. Working Small Maki-Age Shapes.

In this berry pattern the design is quite small and therefore a little fiddly to bind up and finish off. In addition, an effective pattern is formed with extra running stitches along the top of the bound shape. Again, a need for dextrous sewing!

5. A Multiple Maki-Age Pattern

This sword shaped bud design uses 6 close together shapes. Consequently this is a trickier project to sew and therefore needs more dexterity. But it is effective! Click here to see more detail on this design.

As a result of reading this blog I hope you are inspired to try maki-age shapes and go on to create your own ideas and designs.

Happy Sewing!

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