Create this wild rose in shibori, a simple pattern for you to make. I will show you step by step how to make this wild rose in shibori. You will need dextrous fingers but I have used very simple stitching to create the pattern.
Start with a piece of fabric 25cm or 10” square. Draw a circle 15cm or 6” on the centre of the fabric. You can use my design to trace over and create your template. It is important to make the 5 divisions equal to make a successful pattern.
Step by Step: creating a wild rose in shibori
1. Draw the pattern of the simple shibori flower onto your fabric using a washable fabric marker.
2. Start by folding one petal in half along the central line for that petal. First stitch the outline of the whole petal with simple running stitches through two layers of fabric starting at the centre of the flower. Using a small cotton tag tied in the end of thread to stop the thread pulling through when you come to pull the stitching up.
3. Next sew a short line of stitching adjacent to the first line 5mm or 3/16th inch away. Stitch through two layers of fabric. Again start at the centre of the flower and stitch away from the centre. This makes it so much easier when you gather it up.
4. Repeat this, four more times, for each petal.
5. Then gather up your stitching tightly and evenly and tie another tag in the end of each row of your stitching to secure it. It is ready for dyeing.
6. Dyeing. If using natural dyes or fibre reactive dyes always weigh the dry fabric. Then soak in water before dyeing. Here I have used madder root dye to create the pretty pink.
7. To finish off use a vintage button, 1.5cm or 5/8th inch, to create the rose centre and some French knots to make the stamens.
I do hope you enjoy making this flower and it inspires you to play with the pattern and make other flower shapes and designs. Happy sewing!
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