New ideas and shibori experiments explained for you 2

complete poppy seed head

Thanks to Jane Callander’s new book I have found another very useful tip for my and your shibori work. I thought I would share it.

Creating variations in mokume shibori stitching.

I had been wondering how to make the top to my new poppy seed head design and came across the idea of using even stitching in mokume shibori. The way I had always used mokume was to vary the length and position of stitch in each and every row which gives the lovely woodgrain effect. But sometimes you may want something different. This regular and parallel stitch creates a lovely frill along the top.

Why didn’t I think of it? Thank you Jane for this tip.

Here are the photos explaining this idea. Firstly here is the stitched fabric, look carefully, the lower five rows are stitched parallel but stitch length varies in each row so stitches are out of line with each other. Giving the usual mokume woodgrain effect.

varied mokume stitching

The upper three rows I have stitched are again parallel but each stitch is in line with the one in the row below it.

Here is the finished design after unpicking and dyeing. So simple but effective.

varied mokume stitching after dyeing

At the top of the blog I am also showing you the complete final piece dyed and unpicked after using this simple tip. Hope you find this useful.

Further adventures to follow.

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