SHALL WE SHIBORI? : ADVENTURES IN FABRIC DESIGN
Three weeks ago I and my fellow fabric obsessives (aka the Spoolettes), descended upon the Shibori workshop in Stanmore, Sydney for a few hours of indigo and fabric heaven.
Fabric design is an endless fascination for me, and the chance of learning something new in addition to getting my hands dirty was too good an opportunity to pass up!
At the Shibori showroom, we were greeted with much loveliness, including stunning fabrics on the walls and shibori dyed leather…delish!
Pepa and Karen talked us through the basics of shibori and showed us several techniques to try. The most important thing was just to experiment and play with ideas. I don’t think anything that came out of the dye vat wasn’t beautiful!
Such a stinky mess produced such amazingness…
Some of the techniques we learnt:
- Itajime shibori A “shaped-resist” technique where the fabric is pleated then sandwiched between two pieces of wood, held in place with clamps, rubber bands or string.
- Arashi shibori or pole-wrapping shibori is where cloth is wrapped on the diagonal around a pole. Then the cloth is bound and scrunched down on the pole. “Arashi” is the Japanese word for storm and the diagonal pattern is suggestive of rain.
Tools of the trade for Itajime and Arashi shibori
I tried several Itajime shibori techniques – you can see how I have sandwiched the pleated fabric between two wooden circles and bound it with multiple rubber bands with the resulting pattern:
My favorite was where I pleated the cloth and attached pegs on both sides.
Here are some more of my shibori experimentations and finished scarf!
A massive thanks to Susan of Measure Twice Cut Once who organised the day. You can check out her shibori post and her amazing pics here
Now to plot how to use my fabric pieces – part of a top, napkins, headscarf??