Who else wants to shape an elegant Echinacea flower in shibori stitch resist?

shibori echinacea flower

Here is another elegant design to make in stitch resist shibori. This one is not for beginners as it incorporates 3 different types of stitching and needs some careful manipulation. So here goes on how to create this design.

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”

For visual help look at my video where I show very clearly the process of Shibori sewing including some of the techniques we use today.

4 steps to making your own flower head

Drawing the design

shibori flower design
My pencil sketch

You start by drawing the design on to ready for dyeing fabric (ie prewashed at 60 degrees C/ 140 degress F) with tailors chalk or removable fabric marker. The overall design here is 42cm/ 16 ½” high as a guideline. You may want to make it larger overall. We are going to sew the central flower head with many florets or petals around it.

Stitching your design

There are 3 different Shibori stitches used in this design

The central flower head is created by folding the fabric in half along the centre line and then sew the 8 or 9 lines of simple running stitches parallel to each other through both layers of fabric with double thread and a small cotton “tag” knotted into the end of each row of double thread. (This is very similar to creating a teasel shown on my video)

The florets or petals are created with a simple fold (ori nui Shibori) stitching through two layers of fabric. Each long petal is made up of 2 separate rows of this single fold and running stitch technique, each row finishing just below the central flower head at the top of the design.  The curved end shape is quite tricky to manipulate.

The stem is added below the petals. This is created by carefully making a pleat along the line of the stem so you are pinching 4 thicknesses of fabric in your fingers. With a double thread and small cotton “tag” in the end sew through all the 4 layers of fabric.

shibori flower stem ori nui
Stitching of the stem showing the pleat like fold

Gathering the stitching.

Now it is time to pull all the stitching up. Start with the central flower head. One by one pull up the 8 or 9 rows of threads and once pulled up separate the two threads and insert another “tag” between and tie a double knot around it securing the line of stitching.

Next pull up the many lines of single row stitching that makes the petals. One by one pull them up and once pulled up separate the two threads and insert another “tag” between and tie a double knot around it securing the line of stitching. The thread needs to be pulled up very tight easing the fabric round the corners, but without breaking it!

Finish with the stem, pull it up securing the end as described above.

shibori flower gathered stitches
All gathered up and ready for dyeing!

Dyeing

You now have your design ready for dyeing. Weigh the fabric while dry and then soak in water ready to dye. If you need help on dyeing with indigo dyes or fibre reactive dyes look at my previous blog. Once dyed you unpick all the stitching to reveal the design.

I hope you have found these instructions helpful and wish you success in making your own flower head. Let it inspire you to create your own designs. If you would like to get regular ideas for creating in shibori sign up to my newsletter.

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