Shibori at Bryan Whitehead’s Farm Japan

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Stitching techniques for shibori, we learned, could be very labor intensive. Bryan Whitehead gave us “homework” that involved extensive stitching to create designs. We also learned to fold and stitch to create repetitive patterns. We used a post card book to look at possible folding and stitch patterns and, then, tried to recreate these design.


The post card book was of Arimatsu designs and I picked up a few copies at the Craft Museum in Tokyo.

The patterning provided a surprise for the novice and I found it to be a fun part of shibori surface design work.

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Arimatsu Shibori is a comprehensive book showing the results of different stitching patterns. There are beautiful plates of shaped resist dyeing samples in this 153 page book, printed in Japan in 2008. An essay by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada expains the world history of shibori and discusses contemporary fiber artists at the forefront of this process.

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Both these books provide a glimpse into the possibilities of stitching for Indigo (or other) dyes.

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