Make 3 fun designs shibori spots and squares in indigo

I love to make textures in shibori like these shibori spots and squares. Let me enthuse you to have a go too.

Here are straightforward instructions and images for creating the 3 different shibori textured patterns shown above by simple stitching and binding. You can discover how to stitch and tie in these uncomplicated ways and subsequently produce some lovely patterns.

3 Indigo textures with Shibori Spots and Squares

1. Weaving Squares

Carefully draw a grid of lines to create a grid of small squares approx. 1 ¼” or 3cm in size. The first image below.

In the first square of the grid, sew a row of simple running stitches (about 4 or 5) through one layer of fabric along the top with double thread and a small cotton “tag” knotted into the end of the row. To follow, skip the next square of your grid and allow the thread to lie loosely over it. Then start again in the next square, stitch 4 or 5 stitches and proceed like this until you have stitched the number of squares you want.

Continue to sew until you have 6 rows about ¼” or 6mm apart. To clarify, aim to sew small close together stitches alternated with a very long stitch then back to small stitches. Secondly, always try and alternate your stitch size so they are not directly below the one above. Consequently, leave a gap of 1 ¼” or 3cm and start your rows of stitching again. Repeat this another 3 times. Do look at this blog where I describe the process in more detail.

2. Shibori Spots

Mark the fabric with a water soluble pen in a diagonal pattern (Image 1) each “spot” 8/9cm /3/3 ½” apart. Next pinch the fabric at each of these points by folding it into itself and sewing two small rows of stitches (Image 2) to hold the cloth in position. Finally you need to pull each of the short rows of stitches up and secure the ends. Image 3 shows the fabric ready for dyeing. Try and maintain an even size gather at each point. I haven’t quite achieved that myself!

3. Big Shibori Squares.

This pattern is quite simple, it involves stitching around the outline of each shape you want to make in a running stitch. Always use double thread and leave long threads hanging for gathering up. Subsequently, you need to gather each square up, then bind it tightly around with a heavier thread as shown on the right here.

In conclusion you are now ready to dye your designs with indigo or other dye. Finally you will unpick the stitching and you have your very own textured fabrics.

For more information, do look at these helpful hints to get you started. I also have a video on my website showing me making one of my designs that clearly describes the process.

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