Let’s look at some more examples of visible mending with shibori. There are many wonderful examples of visible mending particularly on Instagram which has inspired me. But of course I want to bring shibori in somehow!
To mend and upcycle these two pieces of clothing, a pair of shorts and a top I created or selected some colour co-ordinated pieces of shibori fabric. As I experiment with visible mending with shibori I find I like best those patches that match the original garment in colour. The fabrics I pattern and dye are close to the original fabric in hue but just enough difference to create interest. The embroidery floss is also selected to blend and colour match but still create texture and interest.
Principal Stitches for visible mending with shibori
My principle stitches of choice are running stitch and seed stitch. In all these examples I used 3 strands of floss to sew with.
First Project: A Pair of Shorts
Firstly, I selected a number of plain dyed and shibori patterned fabric to match the original colour. The main patterned piece is one of my madder hogweed pattern pieces which had some problematic marks after dyeing. It was the perfect piece for this repair.
Next, I pinned the pieces to the shorts and tacked them in place. I folded the patches over the hem edge. But the other edges I kept raw.
Following that I started the sewing close to the shibori design. Working like this allows the shibori design to inspire stitch direction. I follow the shape and use the curves and lines to dictate my embroidery stitches. In these pieces I have used simple running stitches in different directions and changing colours of the floss. There are a few cross stitches too!
These shorts are an ongoing project, I am now working on the back too.
“I wanted to thank you for your videos on YouTube. I discovered them by accident and they have inspired me to try my hand at stitched resist. “
Second Project: A Thrifted Linen Top
This piece was found in a charity shop by my sister in law but kindly she gave it to me. It was rather faded in places and this is what I worked on with my shibori pieces.
To begin I made two small pieces of shibori. I made these patches specifically for this top. Using ne-maki shibori, tying a bead in and binding with a medium weight thread. I measured the spacing of the bead placement to achieve a regular pattern of circles.
Next, I pinned the pieces to the top and tacked them in place. I folded the patches in along all the edges. I pressed the fabrics firmly.
At that point I started the sewing using the circles as my inspiration. Linking the circles as a way of creating a design. On this top I have used simple running stitches plus a small amount of seed stitch to embellish.
You can see that I used different colour threads but all matching in shades of gold, browns and creams.
I really love this top now and wear it with pride! Hope these projects of mine inspire you in your upcycling and mending journeys.
“Thank you for introducing me to the very lovely art of stitched resist shibori. It has opened a beautiful new world for me.”