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Shibori

The art of indigo dyeing with step-by-step techniques and 25 projects to make

Written by Nicola Gouldsmith

Published: 08/05/2018

About the author

Nicola Gouldsmith is the founder of Halfpenny Home, an art and crafts shop which has also had an online presence since 2010, in the website of the same name, www.halfpennyhome.co.uk, and in her blog, www.halfpennyhome.blogspot.co.uk. Nicola loves making things, growings things, and living in the countryside. Recently, the Halfpenny Home shop has relocated to a disused water mill, where Nicola runs popular classes on natural dyeing, sewing, and other crafts. She is also the co-author of A Green Guide to Country Crafts (ISBN 978-1-907563-17-1). The author is based in Suffolk, UK.

Shibori is the name for a range of dyeing techniques that have been practiced in Japan for centuries. Using just plain white cloth and indigo dye, you can create a huge range of patterns that will each be unique. Full photographic step-by-step  instructions are given for preparing the vat and plain dyeing, so you can master these steps before you move on to the different types of shibori. Each chapter then starts with a photographic step-by-step explanation of a different shibori technique. The first chapter covers kanoko and kumo (tie-dyeing with and without stones). Next there is shibori itajime (folding the fabric and clamping it between pieces of wood), then arashi (wrapping fabric around tubes), and nui (sewing and gathering the fabric with thread). After each technique has been explained, there are simple projects to make that show off the patterns you have created at their best. A sewing techniques section completes the book, with all the basic stitches and skills you will need to make the projects.