In Japanese the word shibori means to wring, or squeeze. It is a technique in which fabric is stitched, folded, twisted, compressed or bound before being dyed in order to create unique patterns on cloth. Traditionally, these fabrics were dyed in indigo or another pigment derived from the natural world. Each artisan focused on only one step of the process, whether that was manipulating the cloth, dyeing, or removing stitches and finishing.
Today new types of dyes have allowed for an expanded color range, while experimentation has led to fresh designs. Sometimes they are watery and fluid. Other times deliberate, precise or geometric. The possibilities are endless and experimentation can lead to surprising results.
I’ve loved pattern and color since I can remember, and most of that expression has been through various textile processes. I did some sewing, embroidery, quilting and weaving in my teens. I tried batik and dyeing in my 20’s. While my kids were young, I wove at home for Randall Darwall. I wove his very fine, hand dyed, silk fibers into shawls, scarves and yardage.
About 10 years ago I discovered Shibori. I love the entire process. Slow hand stitching, dyeing and even ironing. Although hand stitching is my favorite process, I enjoy all Shibori techniques, including itajime (folding), and arashi (pole wrapping). I make what I dream up, but also like working with customers to create their visions. Contact me if you'd like.