Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finished! Shibori Study #2: Modular quilt

I finished my second shibori quilt, made from the fabrics that I dyed at last fall's workshop, plus a separately purchased shibori fabric for the bindings:

Technically, I suppose I made four quilts, each about 14-1/2" square, but they're meant to hang together as a single piece of art.  Each piece is quilted diagonally, and the viewer can create different effects by changing their arrangement.  I particularly like how the different components interact if they're placed edge-to-edge without any space between them:

Each component of the quilt has four hanging pockets on the back, so that the configuration can be changed easily if hung on a wall.  It's easier and more fun, though, just to play with the quilt on my design board.

If you made it this far down to the WIP news, you are a real trooper!  It will be several weeks before I'm ready to start, but I am beginning to gather supplies for some serious indigo dyeing over the next few months.  Here are the 21 yards of Kona PFD that recently arrived in the mail:

Last night, I began to prep a quarter yard of Kona PFD leftover from last fall's shibori workshop:

A few days ago, I was happy to find a random ball of #20 DMC thread tucked away in a drawer.  I bought it years ago for some purpose that I've completely forgotten, but it seems ideal for nui shibori (stitched shibori).  I'm planning on trying white shadow (shirokage) shibori with this piece.  Once I pull the threads, I will wrap the fabric around a piece of rope or PVC with most of the fabric tucked on the inside, so that only the grid pattern will take up much dye.  That's the theory, at any rate--we shall see!

For more WIP Wednesday action, I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced and the Needle and Thread Network.   Enjoy!


  1. nice finish Jessica! you new project idea sounds like a good plan - can't wait to see how it turns out!

  2. Experimentation is the basis of art, isn't it? Waiting to make the fabrics and the designs would be difficult... Anticipation!

  3. Fantastic idea how to display these yummy little works of art. I will be following you closely to see how one dies such nice fabrics.