Letting you in on the secrets of a Cornish week long shibori workshop

Eden Project Cornwall
Lots of inspiring greenery at the Eden Project Rainforest Biome

Back home in a rather cold Dorset following my week long fully immersive shibori workshop in Cornwall run by Proper Crafty. So much wonderful and inspiring work was done I am going to be writing a few blogs all about this week long shibori workshop to excite and impress you!

Ten wonderfully creative, imaginative and keen individuals took part. 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. And was on hand to guide and assist in all their ideas and projects.

We were all inspired by a visit to the Eden Project on the 2nd day of the course and the work shown here reflects on some things seen there. I am going to share some of this beautiful work made to be an inspiration for your creative projects in Shibori.

4 Plant Inspired Designs


1. Unfurling fern

This is a design by Charmaine and is most successful. The simple fern design is created from a spiralling ori nui row of stitching, where the fabric is made in to a shallow pleat and simple running stitches follow the line of the fold. Some more rows of stitching suggest a field or hill behind.

2. Seeds and leaves

A lovely little teasel by Ann, an honesty seed pod close up by Naomi and a tropical leaf by Philippa in shibori stitch resist. The teasel uses ori nui and miru shibori stitching, next, the honesty is outlined with ori nui and small beads tied in the centre. Lastly the tropical leaf was sewn by Philippa while she sat in a hut inside the Rainforest Biome at The Eden Project! Very close to the source of inspiration.

3. Begonia Leaf

shibori spotted leaf stitching 1

A very successful shibori design by Debra was inspired by a begonia leaf seen at the Eden Project. Let me tell you how it is created. Debra used ori nui stitching for the outline, and simple lines of running stitches for the veins. The blue markings show where beads are going to be tied in.

shibori spotted leaf stitching 2

Here the beads have been placed on the underside of the fabric and then each one covered in a small piece of plastic before tieing in to completely resist the indigo dye.

shibori spotted leaf (1)

Here is the finished leaf pattern, isn’t it lovely? What a very striking design and very carefully executed.

4. The Woodland Floor

Next here are two more lovely pieces from Charmaine. Never tried a mushroom in stitch shibori and they are very effective designs, using ori nui shibori stitches. Simple stitching but it is the way they can put be together that creates the beauty.

The fern on the right is made by using guntai shibori stitch. Very subtle but effective too.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing these wonderful shibori designs made on my recent shibori workshop down in Cornwall and feel inspired. I felt a great deal of satisfaction at the end of this workshop, such original and beautifully made work had resulted from it. I will be sharing more!

Just a reminder to look at my previous blog with some helpful hints for your shibori sewing. Also on my workshop page on the website there are details of my upcoming workshops this year.

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