Make Your Own Stitch Resist Dandelion Seed Head in Sophisticated Tie Dye.

shibori dandelion
Shibori stitch resist dandelion

Inspired by the fact that anytime soon the dandelions will start appearing here are instructions to make a stitch resist dandelion. I always think they add a beautiful bright colour to hedgerows and verges. I have to admit they are a bit of a nuisance when they come up in the “wrong” place!

Instructions for a Stitch Resist Dandelion

First Steps

You will need a piece of fabric 36cm or 14” square minimum if you are just doing the head but a piece 36 x 51cms or 14” x 20” if you want to add a long stem too. Today I am describing in detail how to make the dandelion head.

Mark a circle with washable fabric marker pen by drawing around a plate or small saucer 17cm or 7” diameter and find a smaller dish or cup to create the inner circle 9cm or 3 ¾” diameter.

A Stitch by Stitch Account.

This bright dandelion design is created using maki-age, mokume and ne-maki shibori stitches. See my blog about the five basic stitches used in shibori. There are many, many more but you can achieve so much with these 5 it’s a good place to start.

1. Let’s begin with sewing the 3 lines of simple running stitches parallel to each other through one layer of fabric around the outside larger circle. Leave threads for gathering later.

2. Then sew the 6 lines of simple running stitches parallel to each other around the centre smaller circle. You will note that these rows I have divided into two around the circle so I ensure I can pull them up very tightly. They are stitched through one layer of fabric with double thread and a small cotton “tag” knotted into the end of each row of double thread. A little fiddly! I think you could get away with just using 1 length of thread for each circular row.

3. Attach a bead into the centre of the circles from the back of the fabric. Sew the bead in place with a couple of stitches.

4. Create the little flying seeds by tying a tiny bead to the underside and binding with polyester sewing thread, just winding the thread twice.

5. Next add the stem. This is created by making a pleat along the line of the stem so you are pinching 4 thicknesses of fabric in your fingers. With a double thread and small cotton “tag” in the end sew through all the 4 layers of fabric. Length of this will depend on your length of fabric.

Gathering up the Design

Let’s begin with gathering the 3 outer lines of running stitches, tie the ends of the threads to each other tightly.

Next gather the 6 lines of running stitches parallel around the centre smaller circle. Pull each row up and tie a tag in the end between each double thread to ensure they stay tight.

shibori dandelion completed binding

Using a heavier thread, 4 ply knitting weight and bind around the area between these two areas of stitching, keeping an even distance between each wind of your thread, leaving quite a good amount of the gathered fabric exposed.

Now bind the centre bead using a thick thread, winding it around the bead 3 or 4 times.

It only remains to pull up the thread of the stem and tie off the end to make it secure.

Finishing Off

Now your stitch resist dandelion design is ready for dyeing, with fibre reactive dyes, natural dyes or indigo. All with give you slightly different effects. I have used a fibre reactive dye here.

Unpick your stitching to reveal the design.

I hope these images and words enables you to make a fabulous flower or inspires you in your own designs. And my general blog “7 Helpful Hints for Shibori Sewing” is most useful along with my video showing me creating a teasel head which gives detailed instructions on how to sew shibori.

Have fun!

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