In this blog I want to share with you some geometric shibori designs created at a weekend workshop at The Kingcombe Centre in deepest Dorset.
I am focusing on work created by Dy on that day. She was inspired by some images of patterns and shapes she brought along. The patterns informed her shibori pieces. I will explain how the designs are created step by step.
Two Geometric shibori designs
1. Geometric Design: Circles
Miru and ori-nui shibori stitches create a series of interlocking circles.
Firstly Dy drew her design on paper then traced it on to the fabric using a pink tailors chalk. Next she proceeded to stitch the fabric. She used two rows of stitching for each of the circles through two layers of fabric. After that she stitched the ori-nui single lines to connect the circles.
In addition small circles are scattered about. These are made using ne-maki (tying a bead into the underside of the fabric). The fabric is gathered up before dyeing.
You can see her process quite clearly in these images.
2. Geometric design: Triangles
Boshi and ori-nui shibori make this pattern of triangles and lines. First Dy stitched the triangles, by outlining the shape with a simple running stitch. Secondly she stitched the three parallel lines by making a simple fold in the fabric, stitch close to the fold with running stitches, ori-nui shibori.
The next step was to gather up the stitching. Starting with the triangles. Each shape is pulled up tight and tied. Dy cut small pieces of plastic to go over the gathered fabric to exclude the dye completely. To secure the plastic, it was wrapped around with strong thread . To keep the design sharp the outline of the triangle stitching must be followed as closely as possible with the binding thread.
After that she gathered up the lines of ori-nui stitching. Pulled them tight and secured the ends of the stitching.
The last step
The fabric needs to be soaked in water before dyeing. After that both designs were dyed with natural madder.
This blog shows you how wonderful patterns can be made using quite simple stitches.
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