Some of the most wonderful designs in Shibori are created from simple running stitches – ori nui shibori.
I have had this simple design idea in mind for a while and at last I have made it up.
This basketweave design is made by creating small pleats through two folds of fabric so you are pinching 4 thicknesses of fabric in your fingers. Remember to refer to my blog and video to help you with your shibori stitching.
How to make the pattern.
Firstly I drew a grid 1” or 25cm square to place the short bars of stitching which are 2” or 50cms long.
I traced this onto my fabric in this case a lovely piece of vintage linen.
Create each small pleat through two folds of fabric 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. It is possible to sew each small bar in succession linking the shapes by leaving a long thread behind before starting the next pleat.
This shows the design as I began the stitching.
This shows the design with all stitching complete.
And the back of the design showing how loose threads are left at the back joining each pleat.
Pull up each row of stitching tightly and secure the ends by sewing another small tag in the end of the stitching row.
I dyed this with indigo which always gives softer colours on linen. I have achieved my basketweave design. I hope to try this in a finer cotton and see what I can achieve. Do have a go at creating this design I would love to see what you achieve.