Techniques and projects for using Shibori dyeing in textile art.
Shibori is the Japanese term (from the word
‘to squeeze or wring”) for the dye-resist technique of binding, clamping or
gathering the cloth so that the dye cannot reach certain parts.
Shibori is one of the world’s richest textile traditions. Commonly associated with Japan, it is in fact a technique also long used in Africa, India and South America. In this practical guide textile artist Janice Gunner shows how to combine the different traditions from each of these countries alongside contemporary techniques to create fabulous textiles that are bursting with rich intricate patterns and bold colour.
Janice Gunner is an award winning textile artist particularly known for her Shibori and quilt art. As she has been teaching stitched textile techniques, including Shibori, patchwork and quilting, for the last thirty years, we know we are in the hands of an expert communicator.
techniques are covered from tied and stitched designs to ideas for wrapping,
folding, clamping, pleating and binding. Simple and safe instructions for a
range of dyeing techniques are also included.
is the dye most widely used to create Shibori. It is not a predictable dye and
Janice doesn’t pretend otherwise. She encourages her readers to experiment with
colour, dipping in and out of the dye vat.
information is given throughout accompanied by clear instructions and diagrams,
aimed at quilters, embroiderers and textile artists of all abilities.
The book is chock full with images of
quilts and embroideries that demonstrate the full potential of the techniques
along side practical advice on turning Shibori textiles into beautiful quilts,
hangings and textile art.
This is the most unusual and beautiful pressed flower book I have ever seen. It is full of amazing compositions that are reminiscent of traditional American Quilts.
Early leafwork (1998)
using sycamore leaves and fennel seed heads. 15 x 15cm (6 x 6in)
As the publisher describes it, this is a contemporary twist on a traditional craft. It is a must-have guide to pressing flowers and leaves packed with exciting ideas and practical information for creating beautiful botanical works of art.
Ashmore, flower artist, breathes new life into traditional flower-pressing
techniques with a unique and spectacular kaleidoscope of floral and plant
designs, using everything from flower petals and leaves to seaweed and lichen.
Jennie studied painting and printmaking at
Exeter College of Art and for many years taught in art schools and worked in
environmental education, conservation and gardening. Her work has always
concerned the natural world and she has a strong interest in surface texture,
pattern and geometry, which are key to her designs. She teaches workshops and
sells her work.
The leaf works, guide and inspire through every stage of the process, from working seasonally and selecting the right plants for a vibrant colour, to experimenting with interesting texture and pattern. There are also tips for incorporating watercolour, gouache and other exciting materials into beautiful botanical creations.
The art of pressed flowers and leaves will
inspire readers to celebrate the beauty of their local landscape, a favourite
walk or garden, or even capture special memories through eternalizing wedding
bouquets or plants collected on a holiday.
Dear reader you may find it strange that I
am reviewing a second book on what is ostensibly mending or even another book
on blue mending. Okay I admit it, as always it is the blue that draws me in, as
do the beautiful worn denims. However this book is about much more than just
mending. It comes out of the Slow Fashion movement that is very strong in
America and growing in momentum on this side of the pond.
are the practical elements, you are shown the basic techniques, exterior and
interior patches, hand stitches improvised darning and weaving. It is also
interwoven with the philosophy and stories behind the Slow Fashion movement.
It was in 2013 that Katrina, a fibre artist, started an art project called Make Thrift and Mend- where she vowed not to buy any new clothes for an entire year. It grew out of three influences: the first being the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that killed 1100 workers and injured another 2500. The second an interview with Elizabeth Cline author of Overdressed: The shockingly high cost of cheap fashion. The third was a blog written by slow fashion designer Natalie Chanin, in which she advocated slow design.
As Katrina launched her new project she
researched everything she could on sustainable fashion and the people who
practice it. During that first year Katrina fell in love with mending, which
she transformed into an art form as she realized the opportunities to consider
patches and stitches as design elements. Katrina approaches mending with the
same design considerations she uses in her art work- line, shape, scale,
texture and colour. –she fuses embroidery and basic stitches to create
strangely beautiful and eco friendly
garments that have been well- worn and are still well-loved.
The book has quotes from artists and
designers who work using textiles in an ethical and eco friendly manner.
excited for Mending Matters and for Katrina’s work that offers new directions
within the sustainable fashion community. It creates solutions, draws on
handcraft heritage, and widens opportunities to connect Slow Fashion through
simple stitchings “
Foreward by Natalie Chanin founder and
creative director of Alabama Chanin.
“Making my own clothing makes me happy.
This is not to say that I am always successful in my makes. But more often than
not, and with greater regularity these days, I make items of clothing that I
wear and cherish. In a changeable world this gives me great satisfaction and
“When we dye our wool and cotton and linen
with plants, we can mark the way the goldenrod covered everything in sight this
year or the good health of the tall oaks that dropped basketful of tannin-rich
acorns. We can put colour by for winter, wear medicine on our backs. We can
harvest the colours around us and in
making them part of our wardrobes they can hold our stories and come
back to us.”
am writing this during Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and one of the
biggest opportunities in Slow Fashion is mindfulness.
As Katrina says ‘Most women are
oversaturated by a fashion industry telling us how to look, dress, eat, diet,
hide, reveal, boost, or otherwise mute our bodies. By being more mindful, time
can be taken out to think what it is you really want. The confidence in your
personal style is actually counterculture to fashion trends.
try to remind my students that the point is not to have a perfect closet filled
with perfect garments, but to cultivate mindfulness- mendfullness –and make
deliberate choices, focus on what you can do to make a positive impact, and
gain a deeper understanding of your true preference and style.’
is ultimately about healing. It’s about healing what we intuit to be broken in
the fast-fashion industry but also in our individual experiences of clothing.
We can learn to create antidotes to the damages of scrutinizing body image, low
self-esteem, and general scarcity that comes with the never ending never ending
need to ‘fix’ something in ourselves through our wardrobes”
“ My darning is still from perfect…it’s now
loud and proud, big patches that glow happily from leaf prints, as every time I
mend , I re-dye the garment. Refreshing in a eucalyptus bath reinforces the
cloth with a layer of colour, sanitizes and gives things a lovely fragrance.
It’s a practice that connects me firmly to the land where I live and it makes
me very happy”
Kerstin Neumuller is a tailor who loves sewing with tiny stitches. With her partner Douglas Luhanko she runs a shop in Stockholm called Second Sunrise. In it they sell jeans, run craft workshops and have a repair studio.
This, her second book, is a practical handbook, and is perfect for anyone who wants to sharpen their mending skills, and lead a more sustainable life style.
Packed with advice on how to combat wears and tears, the book shows the basics for mending jeans and button holes, how to repair pockets and seams, how to darn a hole in your best knitted jumper, and how to work with different materials, including denim, cotton and wool.
Techniques for showing mends and making a design statement are given, as are the techniques for making hidden mends.
You are shown how to use a sewing machine to mend, how to add pockets and reinforcing using thick threads. The mends for knits, especially Swiss Darning are amazing and there is even a section on mending leather.
This is a really useful and lovely book
Published by Pavilion at £12.99 All photographs by Hampus Andersson.
Inspirational Ideas For a Beautiful & Sustainable Home
Anyone who has read any of Selina’s other nine books will know they are in for a visual treat with this one. Originally a Stylist, it was well into her career that Selina became an author and Columnist. She writes a regular column for Modern Gardens magazine and styles for many other homes magazines.
This book couldn’t have come at a more prescient moment, with any right thinking person looking for ways to live a more sustainable life.
Starting with Inspirations, Selina explains
her own desire to live a greener life. She looks at the ingredients that go to
make a Natural Living Style Look, including recyclables such as glass and
metal, eco-friendly materials such as cork and rattan and natural fibres,
including cotton and linen. She discusses repurposing and up-cycling and looks
at environmentally friendly decorative details, such as flowers and plants.
second chapter, Natural Living Spaces, shows how sustainability and style can
go hand in hand in different areas of the house, including living rooms,
kitchens, bathrooms bedrooms home offices and utility rooms.
In Natural Gardens, Selina discusses green
gardening and growing your own fruit, veg and flowers.
At the end of the book, a sources section
helps readers to create a natural home of their own. Throughout, eco-friendly
tips and hints will inspire anyone who wants to lighten their footprint on the
Yes it is a strange term, but a clever way
to create knitted fabrics with the use of a single, cord strung hook. The
author says she came to knooking via both knitting and crotchet but claims that
even a complete novice can pick up the technique easily.
Apart from the fact it is slightly easier to transport that knitting, having only one implement, that is a crotchet hook with the eye of a large needle at its end, I was not sure of the benefit of this new craft.
However what it allows the maker to do is to create cloth that looks like it has been knitted rather than crotched. In the book five different fabrics have been created including stocking stitch, garter stitch, double rib, single rib, moss stitch. As well as the knitted fabrics you can also create crotched fabrics.
There are small easy projects to tackle first.
These include a zipped purse, a headband and arm warmers. The intermediate
projects include a very nice block-colour cushion a nautical rope handled bag
and knitted storage boxes. The larger projects are more challenging such as a
slouch blanket cardigan and a beautiful infinity scarf.
Stuck for something to make? Little or no money then this is the book for you. Follow the instructions within and you can make a huge variety of items for the garden. These include benches, tables, a covered store for wood, a planter and much more. There are clear instructions throughout and a useful guide to using pallet wood, which includes taking a pallet apart and cleaning it before you start.
There are guidelines on the tools you need and how to use them. As well as larger items such as a pallet sofa and planter bench, there are smaller accessories such as a garden trug, tea light and candle-holders and a very nice white washed lantern. I love the birdhouses too.
I have repurposed a couple of Pallets in my
time, adding the odd shelf, wheels and coat of paint or upended to make a
vertical flower wall. This book has an element of this too but goes far beyond
it as it uses and recycles this free valuable resource and that is wood.
van Overbeek is a keen multi-crafter who works for many different craft
magazines and has written four craft books already. She has a very successful
web site that feature her books and video’s and how to projects.
A perfect book to buy now, for making all those outside projects, that will enhance your garden or yard and prove invaluable this summer.