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

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Simple Applique

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Another project from the ‘What You Can Do With Hand Dyed’ List.
2015 Oct 12 Hand Dyed Applique t r a c y f o x
This is simply a piece of hand dyed fabric appliqued onto a plain cotton bag which I display on my stand…

..and a close up of the patterning which I love.
2015 Oct 12 Hand Dyed Applique close up t r a c y f o x

This is what I did..

  • selected the hand dyed fabric I wanted to use
  • ironed this fabric onto fusible web (following the instructions)
  • fussy cut the part of the fabric with the most interesting texture
  • ironed the cut piece onto the front of the bag

And that was literally it.

The fusible web I tend to use is Steam-a-Seam Lite, one of the reasons being is that (before ironing of course) you can reposition it easily on your fabric to audition different arrangements.

It doesn’t have to be a large single piece like this either.

If you have lots of scraps of fabric that you can’t bear to part with then arrange them on a piece of fusible web, iron to fix them then cut the size shape that you want to applique onto your bag or project.  You could also use up scraps of fusible web this way.

Why not give this a go and share what you create?

I might practice what I preach and use up some of my ever increasing mountain err I mean heap of scraps!

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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Frame It

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Another project from the ‘What You Can Do With Hand Dyed’ List.

Framing is a great way to display hand dyed fabric that you can’t bear to cut into which is what I did with this piece which I hang on my stand.
2015 Oct 12 Frame It t r a c y f o x

I just loved this fabric so I used the mount board card that came as part of the frame, hovering it over the fabric until I found the ideal section I wanted to display.  I then used it to cut the exact size to fit the frame.

Here is a close up of the visual texture in this piece.
2015 Oct 12 Frame It Close Up t r a c y f o x

This is my latest frame that I am going to put fabric into.
2015 Oct 12 Frame It next project t r a c y f o x

Everything is still very white at the moment in My New Room of Requirements so I bought this (yep from the trusty Ikea) to help inject a bit of colour. I am determined to have nice things on the walls this time instead of floor to ceiling shelving bulging with stuff like I have in my old room.

There are lots of things you could do with this type of frame eg use the same piece of fabric and cut it up to put a section in each part or frame lots of different fabrics.

Mmmmm, food for thought, I shall let you know what I decide!

I’m sure you have some ‘sacred’ fabric that you admire from time to time and then put back on the shelf. This is such a quick and easy project to put together, why not have a go and share what you create?

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t r a c y

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The List Revisited

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Do you remember the ‘What You Can Do With Hand Dyed’ List?
2015 Oct 12 What You Could Do With Hand Dyed List t r a c y f o x
I have already used some of the technique’s and created a few of the projects suggested and you may have seen these displayed on my stand.

You can click on the links above to see more about the cushion and books posted previously.  I will be sharing photos of the last 2 projects in the next posts.

The next project I want to get going with is a quilt made with a ‘Starter’ Colour Bundle.

I have played about with lots of different layouts and have finally made up my mind!

The one I have decided on is sitting on my design wall at the moment and I am about to start piecing it together.  I have given lots of consideration to the quilting too and think I have even decided on that (probably).

I will be posting it’s progress over the next week so I hope you will join me again soon.

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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Hand Dyed Shibori Cushion

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I first shared this project with you in a recent post when it was Under My Needle
Hand dyed Shibori Free Motion Quilted Cushion 1 by t r a c y f o x

The front is cotton fabric initially hand dyed and then again a second time with a folded Shibori pattern.
Hand dyed Shibori Free Motion Quilted Cushion 2 by t r a c y f o x

I have then divided it into sections and free motion quilted it using 5 different variegated threads in different weights.
Under My Needle Purple Cushion thread choices by t r a c y f o x
Close up of the free motion quilting…
Hand dyed Shibori Free Motion Quilted Cushion 3 by t r a c y f o x
Hand dyed Shibori Free Motion Quilted Cushion 4 by t r a c y f o x

The envelope style back is made using fabric from the Colour Collection
Hand dyed Shibori Free Motion Quilted Cushion 5 by t r a c y f o x

Top stitching along the opening edge…
Hand dyed Shibori Free Motion Quilted Cushion 6 by t r a c y f o x

Why not leave a comment telling what do you think?

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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On My Wall…still

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In a previous post I shared photos of a project that was up on my design wall which you can see here.

I thought at the time ‘ok you have been sat looking at this for ages, changing your mind and moving the pieces around, JUST GET ON WITH IT!’

So I shared the arrangement with the intention of doing just that…but guess what?

I still wasn’t really feeling it so I carried on looking at it for ages and moving the pieces around but I think this is it!On My Wall Still Shibori 1 by t r a c y f o x

The fabric is hand dyed shibori using purple instead of the traditional indigo blue. I tore up the original pieces and have played about with their arrangement. I really like the frayed edges and have been debating with myself how best to keep them visible.

So, I have decided to use temporary spray adhesive to apply the fabric pieces to a cotton background.
On My Wall 505 spray t r a c y f o x

I will then sandwich it up with wadding and a backing.  I have imagined tons of different ways to stitch and quilt it but am going to go back to my original thoughts of simple curvy lines going horizontally across the piece.

I will hopefully get this basted today and if I get a move on may even start the stitching!

Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated…

t r a c y

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