Week 4 is area-enclosing stitched shibori, which according to "my interpretation" is the technique where the end and the beginning of the stitching are the same so that when the stitches are pulled up it gives an enclosed area. I couldn't find a clear description of this technique anywhere so if I am wrong about this, I hope someone will correct me in the comments sections. I believe that other stitching techniques can also result in enclosed areas, but I am unsure of this...some shibori stitching seems to fall into more than 1 category so it gets confusing to me!
Nonetheless, I was delighted to get to this technique for week 4, since it includes my absolute favorite shibori, makiage. Makiage is not just stitched shibori however, but is actually a combination of stitched and tied shibori so I am stretching the limits of the techniques we are supposed to be doing this month! I am hoping this is okay!!!
The technique is the same regardless of design size or shape and is shown in the collage below. I stitched around each circle on the drawn lines in a continuous line of running stitching for each circle(left photo in the collage below). I then pulled up the stitches tightly and tied the threads off for each circle. This left some fabric in the centers that "poufed" out(the "area-enclosed"). I took some additional thread (or you could use the ends of the thread used for stitching) to wind around this fabric "pouf" a few times. These threads are pulled very tightly and then tied off. The thread can either be wound spirally or in a criss-cross pattern, or for me, a combination of both depending how I managed to secure the threads. The fabric all-pulled-up-and-tied is shown in the middle panel. The combination of the stitched circle and the resist threads produces a lovely pattern, seen on the right:
I also had done some of this stitching/tying on cotton which was then dyed using a pre-reduced indigo dye kit. But on a slightly larger scale:
Finally a 10 inch circle..again with cotton and indigo:
The possibilities for this stitch and tie resist are almost endless and I hope these examples have shown you why I love this technique so much!!
I found that I had lots of little shibori pieces from this month of trial and error. I like to combine projects together and since I had just bought the 2014 Quilting Arts Holiday magazine, I decided to make one of the projects using my scrap or small shibori pieces. I chose the "Gather your Sewplies Project Bag" by Melanie Testa. It makes a small bag that hangs around your neck(and loops around your back) to hold all your hand sewing supplies...she carries her supplies for embroidery but I thought that this bag could hold most of my stitched shibori supplies: scissors, threads, needles, seam ripper and frixion pen as well as some small fabric pieces. A small spray bottle of water to moisten the fabric before the final thread tightening would probably fit too.
So that is it for me. I had great fun playing with all the shibori stitching and again I want to thank Nienke for including me in the month of posting.