The Secret Skills of Shibori Stitch Resist

The video above explains the process of shibori stitch resist and shows how Annabel of Townhill Studio creates one of her designs, a teasel head. This is followed on by additional videos showing how to complete and then dye the fabric using fibre reactive dyes. Take a look and enjoy! Further examples of the art of shibori follow to inspire and encourage you to perhaps have a go yourself or commission a lampshade from Townhill Studio.

butterfly and leaves shibori

Shibori is an amazing ancient Japanese technique, they have been practising it in Japan since at least the 8th century. To explain it simply could be to call it “sophisticated tie dye”. The word shibori means to wring or to squeeze in Japanese which is literally what is done to the fabrics to create the patterns.

Examples of shibori stitch resist

Here are some lovely textile examples by Townhill Studio which are incorporated into lamps, lampshades and hangings.

It involves shaping, folding, sewing and manipulating fabric in many ways to resist dye colour to create stunning patterns and designs.

Examples of the process underway

Here are images that show how the fabric looks sewn and also scrunched up and ready for dyeing. Where the fabric is stitched and bound and folded the dye cannot penetrate leaving a design on the finished textile. Please click on the video at the top as it outlines and explains the process of shibori in detail.

Annabel Wilson has been working with shaping textiles to create her Shibori lamps, scarves and hangings for over 10 years. She loves to develop new ideas and decorative designs. She starts with a plain white fabric on which the design is drawn. Then it is individually hand stitched, all the stitches pulled up and then dyed either with natural plant dyes or Procion based dyes.

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