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Be inspired by this Wonderful Wiltshire shibori workshop

This time of year I am always busy running workshops teaching shibori stitch resist. Back at the end of June I ran a most enjoyable day at Malmesbury, Wiltshire for the Malmesbury Quilters Group, a wonderfully full on and busy day with so much superb work produced. I gave a talk about “Creating with Shibori” the evening …

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shibori leaf designs dyed with indigo

How to create an indigo forest of shibori stitch resist leaves

Stitch resist shibori lends itself to making natural forms and patterns and particularly to making leaf shapes. Today I will explore 4 different leaf designs that you may like to make. The designs have similarities but are different sizes and shapes and sewn on different materials, silk and cotton. Please look at my previous blog …

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itajime and stitching detail

Inside secrets of a silk scarf Shibori workshop

I have just run a wonderful silk scarves with natural dyes workshop at the stunningly located Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorset. Seven very creative and imaginative individuals took part. Including two visitors from Australia! I introduced everyone to some techniques of Shibori: ori-nui, karamatsu, maki-age and mokume.  Plus also showing them itajime, the method of …

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eucalyptus seed head detail

How to sew a simple shibori seed head based on the aromatic Eucalyptus

Another lovely design to explore making with shibori stitch resist. This design has been dyed with the actual bark of a eucalyptus tree! Let me outline to you you how to make this in sophisticated tie dye. This one is not for absolute beginners as it incorporates 4 different types of stitching and needs careful manipulation. …

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shibori workshop 4 first designs

The latest Shibori workshop wonders to inspire you

I have just run an enjoyable day long Shibori indigo workshop at Watercleaves, Dottery, Dorset. This is a lovely venue, not many workshop spaces I have used hang colourful bunting overhead! Seven very creative and imaginative individuals took part. I introduced everyone to the main techniques of Shibori: ori-nui, karamatsu, maki-age and mokume,  helping them …

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shibori flower lamp

Who else wants to shape an elegant Echinacea flower in shibori stitch resist?

Here is another elegant design to make in stitch resist shibori. This one is not for beginners as it incorporates 3 different types of stitching and needs some careful manipulation. So here goes on how to create this design. So as not to repeat my general instructions about sewing please look at this blog post to …

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naturally dyed shibori silk scarves

The latest on enhancing silk scarves with shibori and plant dyes

Today I am updating you with the next instalment on my work with creating natural dyed shibori scarves This previous blog described my initial adventures with dyeing silk with natural dyes; onion skins, and madder. Some itajime and some stitch resist shibori. This is just the first step in developing new designs for a range …

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