7 seriously inspiring shibori designs to create with maki-age stitch resist

Today I am sharing some ideas to inspire your creations in sophisticated tie dye techniques. Moreover, I am concentrating on using one stitch resist technique, maki-age shibori.

This way of working is quite simple. Maki-age is made by stitching around the outline of the shape you want to make in a running stitch. You use double thread and leave long threads hanging for gathering up.

waning moon stitching
Stitching around the outline of the shape you wish to make

Maki-age is such 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 a heavier thread. Furthermore, by using varied thickness of threads and winding the threads very close together or further apart produce different effects in the finished design.

Binding of the shape: shows a finer thread and spaced out binding and closely bound shapes to achieve different effects

7 marvellous maki-age projects

Many of these pieces were created on Townhill Studio workshops. The projects I have already written about in detail have a link to that blog should you wish to create them.

1. A fab flower.

maki-age-shibori-1 flower

This is made from 4 separate sections which are each 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. The centre fabric was also gathered up and bound.

2, 3 & 4. A magic moon, a flower and a simple star.

The moon is formed from two divisions of stitching, the flower 4 quite separate petals, and the star from 5 sections. In all these the binding is quite widely spaced to allow some of the indigo blue to show.

5. Succulent small berries.

stitching for maki age berry design
indigo dyed maki age berry design

In the this example the design is quite small and therefore a little fiddly to bind up and finish off. An effective pattern is formed with the addition of extra stitches.

6. Great geometrics

maki-age-shibori-6 rectangles

Each rectangle is stitched around plus another smaller rectangle in the centre of this larger rectangle. The fabric is only bound between these rows of stitching leaving a nice dark centre.

7. Super seed pods

maki-age-shibori-7 seed pods

This design is a good one to show the effect achieved when the binding is kept close together so not allowing any or very little of the dye to penetrate the fabric so achieving a white design.

These 7 interesting projects may inspire you to create your own exciting designs in sophisticated tie dye particularly using maki-age shibori. I do hope so.

All the fabrics shown are dyed with indigo. If you would like more information on dyeing with indigo I have written about the process.

Have fun!

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