How to fold and sew a simple silk scarf in a diamond motif in 4 easy steps

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Let me share with you the easy steps to create this pleasing and fetching indigo scarf design. This scarf was made by Fen on my silk scarf dyeing day at the Kingcombe Centre. I give her all the credit for thinking of adding the simple stitching to the clamped design which is so effective.

I started with a ready-made and hemmed silk infinity scarf from Dharma Trading size 185 x 27cm / 72” x 11”.

4 Easy Steps

1. The silk scarf is dampened and folded in half along the length then folded again into 7 equal squares making sure it was creased well then opened it out again and folded into 14 equal triangles concertina wise using the lines of folds to keep the size of triangle regular and reasonably consistent. Slightly tricky but just keep going until you have an even bundle of folds!

how to fold and clamp a shibori design

2. The triangle of fabric is then clamped with two 18mm / ¾” softwood sections quite close to the long fold.

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3. Then at the pointed end of the triangles, the folded wedge of fabric was stitched through with simple running stitches. There are eight folded points to stitch through individually each time through 4 layers of silk fabric. This stitching is gathered up and secured tightly.

4. It was dyed in an indigo vat. The clamp released and the stitching unpicked. It is such a simple process and you get such lovely results.

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This is a lovely simple pattern to attempt and in one dyeing you get something as attractive as this scarf. Thanks Fen!

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Close up detail of the flower effect in the centre of the diamond


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