There are 2 ways to do stitching on the fold...the first is with simple running stitches and is called ori-nui shibori. With ori-nui, you do 1 row of stitching but get 2 rows of resist. The second way, is using an overcast or whipped stitch and is called maki-nui shibori. Maki-nui results in a distinctive chevron pattern.
Please check all the earlier posts this month to get details about threads, dyes, fabrics and assorted basic shibori techniques. And for more specific info on the parallel line technique, check Nienke's post here.
My first piece was on silk habotai with colorhue dyes. I used the blue French curve to draw the lines to try to prevent them from being dorky. The cloth was folded along a line and stitched with a simple running stitch about 1/8 inch from the fold. This was repeated for each line and then all the threads were tightened up and the fabric was dyed.
I repeated this with straight stitching, instead of curved stitching. I made 2 separate rows about 3 inches apart, also on silk habotai with colorhue dyes, I stitched quite close to the fold:
Again, good resist but not too exciting. Straight line folds are much easier to work with when using the slippery habotai.
Next I did the straight stitching on a double fold(bottom left photo in the collage below). This was in an effort to produce the "horse's teeth" pattern. The collage also shows my attempt to make some brief notes on an index card:
So, I tried again with the distance between the folds decreased to about 3/4 of an inch:
The habotai is quite thin, so I tried once more but this time with thicker silk noil fabric and it worked great. The distance between the folds is about 3/4 inch. You can see that it doesn't take many stitches to get across the 6 inches of fabric, so it stitches up really quickly:
So that is it for me this week..next week is area-enclosing...and surprise, surprise, another of my favorite shibori techniques!!