I have just run an enjoyable day long Shibori indigo workshop at Watercleaves, Dottery, Dorset. This is a lovely venue, not many workshop spaces I have used hang colourful bunting overhead!
Seven very creative and imaginative individuals took part. I introduced everyone to the main techniques of Shibori: ori-nui, karamatsu, maki-age and mokume, helping them to understand the many ways to work and achieve their design ideas and projects.
Successful shibori ideas to share with you
I am going to give you a taste of the day by sharing some of the fabulous Shibori ideas they came up with and to be an inspiration for your creative projects in Shibori. I will also explore in later blogs how to produce some similar designs.
As always the participants came up with some wonderful ideas about working the fabric and many original pieces were created.
1. Ori-Nui & Ne-maki Techniques
Ne-maki is sewing in a small bead to the reverse of the fabric and ori-nui is that simple line of stitching. Here is the drying rack with 4 pieces of work made. However you stitch the fabric be it very small stitches or larger looser stitches you can still achieve wonderful effects. The top left piece was stitched with longer, larger stitches. The top right was sewn with very small precise stitches. And both great results!
2. Paisley and circle shapes
This gallery of 3 photos includes this wonderful balloon with basket, such a fun image and quite original. The photograph almost suggests that it can float away into the sky! The other two have a bit of a paisley feel to them one on muslin and one on cotton. One with lots of detail the other a simple outline and bound. Gorgeous!
3. maki-age shibori
These designs created with maki-age shibori techniques. This is where the fabric is gathered and bound tightly. This second gallery of photos shows two different approaches to making large areas of white resist. One a pretty flower design of six petals and a centre in maki-age shibori. The other is made by stitching around the circle and also tying a large bead into the centre of each shape and binding them tightly. The difference in the two patterns is that the latter way it is not as easy to control exactly where the shapes will be.
Watercleaves is a great place to run workshops and I will be back.
I have shown you how many different ideas and images can be created in sophisticated tie dye. Follow my blog or sign up to my newsletter to be updated on new designs and how to create them. Or join a local indigo workshop or come along to one of mine.