I am having a lot of enjoyment from exploring slow stitch and shibori. Stitching into small pieces of my shibori fabrics and seeing what happens. As a consequence, I wanted to share with you this small hanging dyed with madder root and embellished with embroidery.
Stage 1 How I Started
This piece evolved slowly. Indeed, I played around with the pieces of fabric for quite a while. Here I share an image of an early stage, where I haven’t quite got the balance right. Subsequently, once the pieces were selected the whole thing was backed onto an old piece of blanket to create some padding.
Stage 2 Shibori Fabric Pieces Described
The top left shibori element is a maki age flower shape. The top right uses ori-nui and ne-maki shibori stitch. Furthermore, you can learn how to create these shibori stitches on my online self-paced shibori course.
In contrast to these two pieces, at the lower edge of the hanging there is a pattern of 4 ne-maki circles plus a miru shibori circle.
After that I added a small scrap of a block printed fabric. This is printed with a madder paste. I learnt all about printing with plant dyes with Sarah Burns. Take a look at her work.
Stage 3 Slow stitch and shibori
I used different colour threads but all matching in shades of cream, red and pink.
The principal stitch I use is running stitch, I love the shibori design to inspire stitch direction. I follow the shape and use the curves and lines to dictate my embroidery stitches. In addition, I love feather stitch, seed stitch and French knots. I have used them all here.
Stage 4 Finishing Touches to Slow Stitch and shibori hanging
In conclusion, I added some vintage buttons, something I love to collect! The finished slow stitch and shibori hanging was sewn to rings attached to a small twig. Tra-la, completed.
Finally, I hope this may inspire you to use small shibori fabric pieces. Here is another blog to look at if you want to explore the idea further.