Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo.
Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.
I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.
Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.
Sew your own fashions. Come along with me this year and lets get sewing.
I have always loved creating my own fashion clothing. So today I decided to work with McCalls pattern 7093 to create something new.
The first thing I did was to look at the pattern to see where I could make some changes to make it my own. I love hand stitching but it can sometimes look funky if not placed just right.
The sleeves is where I decided to place my stitching. So the first step was to gather the fabrics for the project. I used Hoffman fabric for the top front and back and a solid blue fabric (manufacture unknown) for the sleeves.
Then I looked through my sashiko designs to select the pattern which would best fit the sleeves and also look good with the Hoffman fabric. I decided on a diamond/star design.
I marked where I wanted the hand-stitching on the sleeve fabric with a tailors chalk on the wrong side of the fabric. Then I traced the sashiko design I printed from a book, using a stylus and transfer paper made by Speedball. This lays out the entire design in very faint lines that will not show through the fabric and will disappear after washing.
After transferring the pattern to the wrong side of the fabric I then used my wonderfil perle cotton thread #8 to stitch my design, stopping at the seam lines from the sleeve pattern.
After completing the sashiko stitching on the sleeve pattern I then cut out the pattern. Following the instruction on the pattern for cutting and sewing. This pattern was a breeze. I was able to complete the whole thing in 8 hours total. Start to Finish
I will make this pattern again. I am rating this pattern a 5 out of 5
Fit: 5 stars
Easy to sew: 5 stars
This one is a must on your Sew-Your-Own-Clothing list!
For those of us with a fabric lover in our life, we know they can be intimidating to shop for. You never know what sewing tools they already have, and they have strong opinions on fabric. How do you know what they will like?
Skip the shopping, and give the gift of a class or a workshop!
Check your local quilt guild or fabric shop for upcoming classes.
Some are taught by well-known local or visiting artists and designers.
It’s a great way for sewists to meet and learn new techniques.
Get involved in your local sewing community.
Show your fabric friend that you support and encourage her passion!
Sending these jeans back to their owners with Sashiko stitching added by me
Sashiko stitching used on their quilt
Sandra Johnson Designs
Look for my upcoming Indigo Shibori Dye Workshop in January!