Some inspiring words and pictures from Shibori tutor Cia Bosanquet:
|Shibori top in man-made fibre|
I bought a scarf which was very different on this trip. Not Japanese but by Catherine Ellis, an American who also was on the tour. She explained how she had realised that by inserting an extra thread into the weft and/or warp whilst weaving and then removing it after dyeing, a new pattern appeared. Luckily for me she came to a Summer School and I spent a week enjoying her expert tuition.
|Silk, wool woven shibori (Madder and Indigo)|
I favour plain weave and often use old fabrics which have already had another life. Any original embroidery can be incorporated in the new design. Rag rugs are part of my Swedish tradition. My home has many and they all have some of my family’s hand-me-downs. Often I dye the rags but also manipulate the warp/weft using the shibori technique to create a different look. I use old fabrics to make new textiles for domestic use. I always have a purpose in making them. They have to be decorative and useful.