Monday, 17 October 2011

Woven Shibori

For all the weavers who want to try something new I recommend Catherine Ellis book, "Woven Shibori". She really has done a remarkable job researching and experimenting to the millionth degree the possibilities of 'weaving-in' the pull threads of shibori and the following surface dying .

Most of us Neanderthals have been painstakingly measuring and marking and stitching evenings away to get similar results. She shows us how to set our looms to get the stitching built in. It felt a little like seeing a "Ring-around-the-collar or 'Scrubbing Bubbles" or a 'Mr. Muscle your a good man to wake up to." ad for the first time. Too good to be true. But the results are in...and they work.


  1. Thanks for reminding me of this book! I did a class on dyeing and made a set of three (woven) shibori scarves, but never bought this book at the time... I'm in another class, now, making (shibori) fabric for a dress and am still in the planning stages. The idea of treating six yards of fabric in the normal-way at this stage of my weaving development is making me a little nauseous, haha. :)

  2. you are too funny!! however, try kanoko shibori on the loom...
    or any of the kumo techniques :)