Stitched Shibori: Technique, Innovation, Pattern, Design

Author(s): Jane Callender


Written by expert shibori teacher Jane Callender, this beautiful, practical book is packed with both traditional and inventive stitch-resist techniques, a complete dyeing guide and an inspirational gallery of Jane's work. This book contains all the information a beginner will need to get started - including tips on dyeing in small spaces and a guide to all the necessary health and safety considerations - but is also packed with innovative techniques and inspiring designs that will appeal to the experienced textile artist. The book is broken into three sections. The first shows you all the key stitch-resist techniques you need - from the basics right through to creating intricate designs - and all are clearly explained with photography and illustrations. Learn how to create a range of different shibori styles, oversew, make circles and other shapes, use grids, double needles, stencils and caps, bind fabrics, work with machine stitch, use fabric buffers and incorporate applique.The second section shows you how to use motifs to create pattern: learn how to create and position designs, including traditional arrangements such as Karamatsu and Tatewaku, create composite designs and get tips on how to plan your own patterns. Finally, the book contains a complete guide to dyeing - it contains recipes, tips and advice so that you can get the very best from every dye bath you make. Learn how to dye with both natural and synthetic indigo, in organic and synthetic vats. Also choose from a wide range of natural dyes, iron rust and dazzling Procion dyes, which can be used in combination or alone for amazing effects.


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Jane fell in love with indigo and shibori when she studied textiles at the West Surrey College of Art and Design. She went on to study at the Natalie Bray school of Haute Couture. A well-respected shibori textile artist and teacher, Jane is based in East Anglia. Limiting her palette and using indigo predominantly, she focuses on shibori technique, inventing stitch formats and finding further surface qualities to combine with indigo shibori resists. Jane teaches and presents her textiles in schools, art institutions, at degree level and in many groups and guilds, both in the UK and overseas. Her work has evolved out of a passion for pattern-making and in 2011 she authored the book 2000 Pattern Combinations: for Graphic, Textile and Craft Designers. Further information can be found on her website:

What is shibori? 6, About this book 8, Shibori tradition 10, Stitch-resist techniques 14, Fabric preparation 15, The stitch-resist process 18, Stitching on a single layer 18, Mokume shibori 20, Blocks and stripes 24, Creating simple pattern 26, Double needles 31, Stitching with binding and capping 32, Capping 34, Oversewing 35, Oversewn shapes 37, Introducing the fold 39, Curves on the fold 40, One fold seam 43, Double fold 44, Shapes on the fold 46, Motif development 48, The versatile grid 55, The stitch grid 58, Folding on the grid 62, Two for the effort of one 65, Machined resist folds 66, Machined resists: dots, stripes and shapes 72, Machined resists using concertina folds 75, Wrapped pattern 82, Itajime shibori 86, Binding and capping to a core 92, Capping with plastic 94, Cores and reserved grounds 95, Chikuwa shibori 98, Dip-dyeing 100, Applying indigo with a pipette 103, Shirokage shibori 104, Applique shibori 108, Hotaru shibori 113, Degumming 116, Knots 118, Buffers 120, Pulling up 122, Creating pattern 124, Pattern in form 125, Traditional karamatsu 126, Takewaku 128, Traditional linked flower 130, Hemp leaf pattern 133, Planning pattern 136, Composite design for pattern 140, Dyes 142, Dipping into magical water: indigo 143, Natural chemical vat 144, Synthetic indigo vat 145, Natural organic vats 146, Indigo dyeing procedure 148, Indigo vat considerations 149, Indigo recipe charts 150, Other useful recipes 151, Indigo dyeing tips 152, Natural dyes 153, Iron rust 158, Cold water fibre-reactive dyes 161, Shibori equipment 166, Health and safety 168, Glossary 169, Gallery 170, Index 175, Biography 176

General Fields

  • : 9781782211419
  • : Search Press, Limited
  • : Search Press, Limited
  • : 0.753871
  • : December 2016
  • : 280mm X 216mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jane Callender
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 176
  • : 950 Colour Illustrations