Explore Slow Stitch and Shibori to Create a Hanging

Pink and red textile hanging against a white background

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.

Pink and red shibori pieces
First steps: placing the shibori pieces

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.

detail of slow stitch around miru shibori circle
Miru shibori circle with running stitches, feather and stem stitch

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.

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