Some simple sewing to create a tie dye waning moon.

shibori waning moon and landscape

Here is a lovely simple project to start you off with some Shibori or “sophisticated” tie dye techniques, a simple moon design. If you feel adventurous you could add a line or two to suggest a horizon, as I have done above then you would have a simple landscape. I will show you how to do this too.

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”

3 steps to making a simple waning moon

Drawing the design

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. To make the shape of the moon it is best to divide the shape into these 2 segments for ease of pulling up at the next stage.waning moon stitching

Stitching your design

Each of the 2 segments are stitched around with a double thread starting and ending at the same place leaving long ends for pulling up later. It is helpful to keep your starting and ending place on the outside of the moon shape, it makes it all easier.

Pulling up the stitching

Now it is time to pull the stitching up. With each of the two segments of the moon, pull each of these up in turn gathering tightly and knotting. Take a slightly thicker thread somewhere between button thread and double knitting weight and start at the bottom of the pulled together shape and knot it around at the base. Then continue winding the thread around til you get to the top and then tie the ends together to secure it. Do this with both shapes. You may find it a little fiddly at first. To get technical the Japanese call this type of Shibori maki-age.


Adding the horizon line.

If you would like to add a line of horizon this should be drawn on at the drawing stage. Stitched with a simple oversew stitch shown here and pulled up at the same time as pulling up the moon stitching.

shibori oversew stitch

You now have your design ready for dyeing. If you need help on dyeing with fibre reactive dyes look at my previous blog. Or perhaps you may like to experiment with dyeing with indigo.

Once dyed you unpick all the stitching to reveal the design.shibori waning moon

You have achieved a simple but effective design in Shibori and gives you a good idea how to use this one particular technique to create other patterns. Below is the moon design incorporated into one of my lampshades.

small indigo lampshade


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