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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t r a c y

‘Taster’ Colour Bundle Book

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*Update 12/10/2015: This bundle has had a name change! It is now the ‘Starter’ Colour Bundle. Click here to find out why!

I have been creating more projects from ‘The List’. You can see more about this list in a previous post

This particular project uses one ‘Taster’ Colour Bundle which is made up of x20 5″ x 10″ pieces and will be displayed on my stand so visitors can see the sizes of the individual pieces, the 10 colours and the 2 designs available in more detail. And yes, you will be able to touch it!

I gave this preview of the ‘work in progress’ on my Facebook page recently.'Taster' Colour Bundle by t r a c y f o x work in progress

To give these ‘pages’ a little more body I have used some light weight interfacing and fusible web.  Here are some more photos before I stitched them together.

Front ‘page’ and the Colour Texture ‘pages’ showing the designs and colours.
Taster Colour Bundle front page Colour Texture pages
Back ‘page’ and the Full Colour Texture ‘pages’ showing the designs and colours.
Taster Colour Bundle back page Full Colour Texture pages
Taster Colour Bundle back page Full Colour Texture pages 1

This is the ‘book’ stitched together and ready for display.
Taster Colour Bundle stitched front2 by t r a c y f o x
Taster Colour Bundle stitched front3 by t r a c y f o x
Hope you like it.

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – more about the Purple hand made book

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And now for The Purple One.

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Front cover: Colour Texture using Purple, machine stitching
Book Fastening: satin rats tail cord in coordinating colour

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Pages: recycled paper and envelopes, hand stitched to cover

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Back Cover: Colour Texture using Purple, machine stitching

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Full Cover: Colour Texture using Purple bordered with machine stitching

Hope you like it, I think this one might just be my favourite!

Well that all four done and I can hear you say ‘But What Would I do With The Book?’  Aaaahhhh well, I might just have some ideas for that aswell!!

See more about the Colour Collection here

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – more about the Green hand made book

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As promised..

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Front cover: contrasting Full Colour Texture and Colour Texture from ‘Mixed Greens’ colour palette, free motion stitching
Book Fastening: Colour Texture fabric strip from ‘Mixed Greens’ colour palette

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Inside cover: contrasting Full Colour Texture and Colour Texture from ‘Mixed Greens’ colour palette, free motion stitching

 

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Pages: made with paper and card in different sizes, hand stitched to cover using embroidery thread

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Full Cover: different ‘greens’, free motion stitching.

Hope you like it.

See more about the Colour Collection here

More details and photos in the next post for The Purple One.

Feel free to like and share!

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – more about the Red hand made book

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As promised here are more details and photos of The Red One.

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Front cover: contrasting Full Colour Texture boarders around Colour Texture panel using Red, free motion stitched motif, machine stitching

Book Fastening: Colour Texture fabric strip using Red

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Inside cover: Colour Texture using Red

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Pages: recycled papers, card in various sizes, hand stitched to cover using embroidery thread

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Back cover: contrasting Full Colour Texture boarders around Colour Texture panel using Red, free motion stitched motif, machine stitching

Hope you like it.

See more about the Colour Collection here

More details and photos in the next post for The Green One.

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – more about the Blue hand made book

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I thought I would share some more details and photos of each book starting with The Blue One (bossymamma’s favourite).

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Front cover: contrasting Colour Texture using 2 different blues, machine stitching, free motion stitching, hand printed text labels

Book Fastening: Colour Texture fabric strip in blue with added machine stitching

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Inside cover: Full Colour Texture using the darker blue

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Pages: mostly recycled envelopes, hand stitched to the cover with coordinating embroidery thread

 

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
Back cover: contrasting Colour Texture using 2 different blues, machine stitching

Hope you like it.

See more about the Colour Collection here

More details and photos in the next post for The Red One.

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – Hand Made Books

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Remember the question I told you I hear a lot which was, ‘But What Can I do with it?

Well here is my first idea to try and answer it!

Hand Made Books

All the fabric used to make these books comes from the Colour Collection.

Recycled paper and envelopes have been used to create the pages and they tend to be coordinated in some way with the cover colour and are not regular in shape.

The books are approximately A6 size and the colours chosen to share with you are blue, red, green and purple.

As I described previously, there are 2 designs available in the Colour Collection.  The covers illustrate both Full Colour Texture and the lighter Colour Texture and introduces the ‘Mixed Greens’ colour palette..

The Blue One…
hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x

What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – more about the Blue hand made book

 

The Red One…

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x

What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – more about the Red hand made book

 

The Green One…

hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x
What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – more about the Green hand made book

 

The Purple One…
hand made book using hand dyed fabric from the Colour Collection by t r a c y f o x

What You Can Do With Hand Dyed – more about the Purple hand made book

The books will be on display on my stand for you to have a closer look at on 28th March in Oldham.

And yes you will be able to touch them!!  As you are probably sick of hearing me saying if you have visited my stand………………… ‘if you can’t touch, there’s no point’.

Which one do you like the most and why?  Would be nice to hear from you.

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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