How to make a shibori seed head

Let me show you step by step how to make this shibori seed head. I recently designed this pattern to be included on a large drum lampshade I am making for a client. I thought I would share it with you.

This pattern is created from 3 shibori stitches, ori-nui (the stem), miru shibori (the seed head) and ne-maki (the seeds). Miru shibori is my favourite stitch!

For general guidelines on shibori sewing please look at my blog 10 Terrific Tips for Shibori Sewing.

White design on pink background of shibori seed head
Create this Shibori Seed Head

Sewing the Shibori Seed Head Step By Step

1. Copy or trace the template with a water-soluble pen on to some soft cotton fabric.

black on white template drawing of seed head pattern
Pattern Template for Shibori Seed Head

2. Attach 3 small beads to the back of the design with a stitch and knot.

3. Fold the seed head in half along the fold line, pin or tack to hold the fabric firmly. Sew the outside line of the shape in simple running stitches through both layers of fabric with double thread and a small cotton “tag” knotted into the end of the thread. Start the stitching at the base of the seed head, finishing the row of stitching at the top. Sew another 4 lines of simple running stitches parallel to each other and the first line you stitched through both layers of fabric with double thread and a small cotton “tag” knotted into the end of each row of double thread. The distance between rows is 5mm or 3/16th inch.

4. Fold the fabric along the line of the stem. Sew a line 5mm or 3/16th inch from the fold of single running stitches through both layers of fabric.

5. On the front side of the fabric bind each of the beads using a slightly chunkier yarn. Bind around them 3 or 4 times.

Gathering the Shibori Seed Head

1.  Pull up the 5 rows of threads easing and gathering them all together this helps to ensure an even pattern. Check you have fully gathered the outer rows. Then starting at the centre of the seed head, check and pull each row of stitching thread individually, separate the two end threads and insert another “tag” between and tie a double knot securing the line of stitching.

2. Finish with the stem, pull up the stitching, securing the end by inserting another “tag” between the threads and tie a double knot around it.

Dyeing your Shibori

You now have your design ready for dyeing. If dyeing with fibre reactive or plant dyes weigh the fabric while dry. Next soak in water ready to dye. This seed head is dyed with Jacquard Procion MX dye colour Raspberry.

Once dyed you unpick all the stitching to reveal the design. Hope you enjoy creating this. Do share your designs and tag me in on Facebook or Instagram @TownhillStudio or email me.

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