Be Inspired to shape a simple collection of grasses in shibori stitch resist

A collection of shibori grasses

Here is a simple collection of grasses. I created this design to decorate one of my lampshades.

The overall design is a collection of tall stalks with a seed head on the ends and tapering grass blades interspersed.

I discovered that some wonderful designs are made from the simple running stitch through two folds of fabric – it is called ori-nui. It is easy to execute and when put together in lines, tapering or straight you can make some stunning work. I will illustrate this with this collection of grasses in shibori.

In this design I stitched on both the front and the back of the cloth. If you stitch on the back of the cloth you will get a different effect, it creates a lighter area on the front of the fabric. The thicker or denser the fabric you are using the more marked is the effect. It works best when dyeing with indigo.And it also works with other dyes if the fabric you use is dense enough. Here is an example dyed with Fibre Reactive Dye.

How to make the basic stitch

Here is the ori-nui technique and how to execute it. Draw a line on the fabric, next fold the fabric along that line. To complete the step do a row of running stitches in double thread with a small cotton tag tied in the end. Just simple straight rows of this stitch can be put together to make different patterns.

Showing the ori-nui stitch

The two elements of the design

Detail of shibori grass
A The stems are stitched on the front of the fabric
B the grass blades and seed heads are stitched on the back of the fabric

A The stems are simple folds and running stitches on the front of the fabric.

B The seed heads and the tapering grass blades are again simple running stitches but worked on the back of the fabric.

To conclude, all the stitching must be gathered up tightly and secured before dyeing the fabric to ensure a good resist.

The Final Fabric

shibori grass lampshade
This shows the finished fabric made into a glowing lampshade

This article introduces you to some ways to use ori-nui. There are other blogs to look at and explore ori-nui.

The ori-nui stitch is the basis of my online course “Create a Collection Of Shibori Flowers” a brilliant introduction to shibori stitch resist. To be released end October 2020.

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