A Shibori Journey

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Shibori by t r a c y f o x

I have to confess that I am totally in love with everything about Shibori.

Shibori is the universal Japanese word meaning ‘wring, squeeze, press’ and is an ancient method of manipulating cloth before dyeing it to produce all manner of glorious patterns.

Yes I love creating the cloth, playing with ideas and different ways of making patterns and then using it in projects but they are not the only things that fascinate me.

I have also enjoyed discovering more about the history of Shibori in Japan and one of the sources I came across is the World Shibori Network (WSN).  It was founded in 1992 in Nagoya, Japan

“as a grass roots organization dedicated to the preservation of Japanese shibori and similar traditional techniques across the globe.”

I also love the ‘you don’t know what you’re going to get’ aspect which tests my Perfectionist Control Freak Streak!

There is a quote by Master Katano Motohiko on the WSN website which sums this up much better than I could.

The Japanese shibori dyer works in concert with the material, not in effort to overcome its limitations. An element of the unexpected is always present. All the variables attendant upon shaping the cloth serve to remove some human control from the shibori process.

An analogy is that of a potter firing a wood-burning kiln. All the technical conditions have been met, but what happens in the kiln may be a miracle or a disaster. Chance and accident also give life to the shibori process, and this contributes to its special magic and strongest appeal.

It is true the process is time consuming but I believe it is totally worth the results.

I am grateful that the knowledge and skills accumulated by the Japanese artisans over the many many years they practiced the art have been passed from generation to generation creating a rich 400 year history which we benefit from today.

As you know from other posts, I have been making projects using the hand dyed fabric I create to give visitors ideas of how they might use it.

Hand made books are a particular favorite of mine and I was really keen to make sure I captured the story of Japanese Shibori in some way as I discovered it, so (yes you guessed it), I made a book which some of you will have seen displayed on my stand.

The outer cover is made using the arashi technique which is pole wrapped fabric which I then free motion quilted using the pattern as my guide.
2015 Oct 19 A Shibori Journey Book Cover t r a c y f o x
I made the fabric labels by stamping onto scraps of white cotton fabric and then stitching them to the cover.

The fabric on the inside cover was created with a folded clamp resist pattern.  I then stamped on the names of different Shibori techniques.
2015 Oct 19 A Shibori Journey Book Inside Cover t r a c y f o x

The pages are made using various envelopes I received in the mail.  Some of them have blue patterns on them which reminded me of shibori patterns. A paper bag also found its way in there aswell.
2015 Oct 19 A Shibori Journey Book Centre Pages t r a c y f o x

My plan is to add all sorts to the pages including information and photos about the history, scraps of shibori fabric I have created and maybe a couple of ‘shibori inspired’ pieces also using scraps of cotton fabric, oh and anything else that springs to mind.

I’m sure stitching and a glue stick will be involved along the way but I am going to try very hard not to over think this and keep my afore mentioned ‘Perfectionist Control Freak Streak’ in check!

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

My Favorite Quilt Ever ‘Bushfire Sunset’ by Lisa Walton

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Do you have a particular quilt or piece of work that you saw at a show that stays with you?  I do…

I have been visiting various quilt exhibitions now for quite some time and always love the work and talent on display BUT….there is one quilt that I still think about to this day and is the one quilt I would have bought given the opportunity (and funds!).

I first saw this gorgeous creation by Lisa Walton exhibited at Festival of Quilts in 2009 and fell totally in love with it. It’s made with hand dyed cotton, velvet and silk organza.

Lisa Walton Bushfire Sunset quilt

I stood looking at it for ages and this is the photo I took which I promise does not do the colours and textures enough justice.

This is a close up of the stitching.
Lisa Walton Bushfire Sunset Quilt stitching

Sometime after this (2012 I think) I was fortunate to do a workshop with Lisa at Frodsham as part of Quilters’ Guild Region 13 Regional Day and I told her how much I had liked and still like this quilt and to my disappointment she said it had been sold. A gentleman in Australia had bought it – lucky him!

You may be wondering if I have finished the piece I started at the workshop.

Let’s just say it is ‘Still Under Construction’ (erm unfortunately it’s not alone). Writing this post has made me dig out the folder with all the fabric in and I really would like to get it ‘Under My Needle’ again as the workshop was fab and I love the way the pieces I actually did turned out.  Let me know if you would like to see more, it might make me pull my finger out!

Still Under Construction Lisa Walton Workshop Still Under Construction Lisa Walton Workshop

Do you have a favorite quilt, if so what is it and why?

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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What are ‘Starter’ Colour Bundles?

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Starter Colour Bundles by t r a c y f o x

These bundles of gorgeousness are definitely for you if

  • you can’t decide which colour to choose from the Colour Collection
  • you are new to hand dyed fabric and want to give it a try
  • you like to work with smaller pieces of fabric but want to have lots of colour and texture to choose from
  • you prefer pre-cut packs
  • you are looking for a special gift for someone
  • you don’t want to cut in to it as it’s too nice

So what do you get?

All 10 Colours from the Colour Collection'Starter' Colour Bundles by t r a c y f o x

2 designs in each colour
Colour Texture design Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x Colour Texture design Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x

Twenty pieces, each measuring approx 5″ x 10″

That gives you a whopping 25″ x 40″ of unique hand dyed 100% cotton to play with.

As you may have guessed by now, I also have a couple of ideas of how to use these which I will share with you soon.

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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‘Colour Collection’ = rich texture & gorgeous colour

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'Taster' Colour Bundles by t r a c y f o x

What is ‘Colour Collection’?

* unique individually hand dyed 100%  cotton

* 10 Colours   * 2 Designs

* various size bundles

* perfect for patchwork, quilting, embroidery, art textiles, applique, home dec projects and much more

‘Colour Collection’ is available to buy at these Events 


What size fabric can you buy?

‘Starter’ Colour Bundle
'Taster' Colour Bundles by t r a c y f o x

Twenty (5″ x 10″) Pieces
All 10 Colours  2 Designs

‘Strips’ Colour Bundle
Colour Bundle Red Orange Yellow by t r a c y f o xColour Bundles Purple Blue Green by t r a c y f o x
Ten (5″ x 20″) Strips
5 Colours  2 Designs
Colour ways ‘Red Orange Yellow’, perfect for Sunset/Sunrise & ‘Purple Blue Green’ great for landscape/sea

‘Pairs’ Colour Bundle
Colour Collection 'Pairs' by t r a c y f o xColour Collection 'Pairs' by t r a c y f o x
Two (20″ x 20″) Pieces
1 Colour  2 Designs

Individual Full Piece
You Choose! (20″ x 20″) Pieces
Purple Blue Green Colour Collection by t r a c y f o xRed Orange Yellow Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x

What are the ‘2 Designs’?

Full Colour Texture
cloth is covered with unique rich visual texture (purple example)
Purple Full Colour Texture Colour Collection by t r a cy f o x

Colour Texture
packed full of rich visual texture with a lighter value, containing varying degrees of white (purple example)
Purple Full Colour Texture Colour Collection by t r a cy f o x

Discover ‘What You Could Do With Hand Dyed’ in the posts below (more to be added)
What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – ‘The List’
What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – Hand Made Books

I hope to see you at an Event soon.

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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