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Be Inspired in Your Shibori Design by This Summer Workshop

A collection of shibori pieces

I want to share with you all the marvellous indigo shibori design created at another remarkable weekend at The Kingcombe Centre in deepest Dorset.

It was a rainy weekend with small bursts of sunshine but that didn’t deter the 8 keen, creative people gathered for the two and a half days. Some superb work was completed and I am just picking out a few of the brilliant shibori design ideas to tell you about to excite and impress you! And hopefully inspire you too.

To start I introduced everyone to the main techniques of Shibori: ori-nui, ne-maki, miru, maki-age and mokume shibori. I helped them to understand the best ways to work and achieve these patterns. Hopefully was able to assist in all their ideas and projects. We had a beautiful setting, despite the rain, that always adds something!

Four Stunning Stitch Resist Designs

1.  Avril’s amazing ammonite

Avril’s gorgeous ammonite shows how careful planning and thought and trying out your stitches leads to successful design in shibori. Staring with this piece to find which stitches and patterns she found most effective.

Then moved on to drawing up her design and marking what stitch she would use where. She used ori-nui, maki-nui, ne-maki and mokume shibori stitches.

 It is just magnificent, it definitely makes me want to sew another ammonite design!

2. Di’s pleasing paisley & watery waves

I love paisley and was excited that Di decided to explore the pattern in 3 different ways. Di used maki-age for the top pattern, 4 rows of running stitch through a single layer of fabric for the left hand design and ori-nui and a bead in the centre for the third.

shibori paisley patterned cloth

Hope this encourages you to play with this pattern shape.

Di’s main piece is this watery influenced piece which involved a lot of stitching! It is simply ori-nui and maki-nui lines and oh so effective.

3. Pat’s delicate leaf pattern

An admirably delicate design involving much close stitching. I show a close up of one of the leaves, see how much mokume stitching is needed! But worth the effort I believe. The leaves are linked by a simple ori-nui stem and small leaves stitched on the fold.

To Finish

This round up shows you how many different ideas and images can be created in sophisticated tie dye. Follow my blog or sign up to my newsletter to be updated on new designs and how to create them. Or join a local indigo workshop or come along to one of mine. I hope by sharing some of this beautiful work it will be an inspiration for your creative projects in Shibori.

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