Create a madder textile hanging with shibori and hand stitching

hand stitching on shibori textile, teal, pink and cream stitching on madder

Here is another dusty pink small hanging formed with shibori and hand stitching. Stitching into small pieces of my shibori fabrics and seeing what happens. As a consequence, I wanted to share with you this small hanging dyed with madder root and embellished with embroidery.

Stage 1 How I Began

This piece evolved slowly. Indeed, I played around with the pieces of fabric for quite a while. Here I share two images of an early stage, where I haven’t quite got the balance right. And once I thought I had it right I decided to reverse the whole piece and make the top the bottom!

Stage 2 Shibori and Hand Stitching Fabric Elements Described

Subsequently, once the pieces were selected the whole thing was backed onto an old piece of blanket to create some padding. At the beginning, I use small safety pins to hold the pieces in place.

Maki-age flower, miru shibori leaf & madder block print
4 ne-maki circles, maki-age circle and arc of mokume stitches

The pieces I used are:

  •  a flower created with maki age shibori.
  • a maki-age circle with 3 lines of mokume shibori at a tangent.
  • 4 ne-maki circles (I just love them!)
  • 1 small miru leaf.

Learn to confidently create these designs, maki-nui and ne-maki, on my online self-paced shibori course.

Additionally, I added a small section of a block printed fabric. This is printed with a madder paste. I learnt all about printing with plant dyes with Sarah Burns. Take a look at her work

Stage 3 Description of hand stitching

I used different colour threads in shades of cream, pink and light and dark teal green. Pink and green are seen so often in the natural world, the green of a leaf with a pink vein, soft pink tinged leaves, pink stems with green leaves. I see it everywhere.

The principal stitch I use is running stitch, I love the shibori design to inspire stitch direction. I follow the shape and use the curves and lines to dictate my embroidery stitches. In addition, I love feather stitch, seed stitch and French knots. I have used them all here.

Stage 4 Finishing Touches

Finally, I added some vintage buttons, something I love to collect! The finished hanging was sewn to rings attached to a small twig. Complete.

I hope this may inspire you to use small shibori fabric pieces. Here is another blog to look at if you want to explore the idea further.

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