Monday, 24 June 2019


I was thankful to be asked to quilt this lovely top for my friend Myrna. This was a mystery quilt that she has been working on for a year or more. The materials are very interesting and something many of us have likely not encountered before.

The dye technique on these fabrics is called Shibori. Shibori is an ancient Japanese technique of dying fabrics. Traditionally, the Japanese used indigo to dye linens and cottons.
There are multiple techniques used in Shibori. The fabrics are folded, twisted, compressed and manipulated with objects to give desired effects.

It is a really stunning throw ...

Myrna chose a white cuddle backing and the wave on wave panto. I used a So Fine thread in white as well.

Here you can see some chain marks in the dye process ...

I did a bit of research on Shibori and couldn't wait to share with you the different types:

Kanoko Shibori: This is our Western view of tie-dying

Miura Shibori: Looped binding. This involves taking a hooked needle and plucking sections of the cloth.

Kumo Shibori: Fabric is pleated and bound. The result gives a spider-like appearance.

Nui Shibori: A running stitch is used on the cloth and then pulled tight.

Arashi Shibori: Cloth is wrapped around a pole resulting in a pleated cloth with the indigo laying with a diagonal design.

Itajime Shibori: Shape resisted technique. This seems to be most of the fabrics in Myrna's quilt.

I can't wait to get my hands on some of this fabric myself. I think Myrna did such a wonderful job. The fabrics really speak for themselves and lend to a clean, straightforward design.

I'm hooked on using my quick curve ruler these days ... stay tuned ....


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