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taiten shibori

October 26, 2011

in her book  “Woven Shibori” Catharine Ellis mentions taiten shibori briefly. The shibori gathering threads are threaded in a fine plain weave warp. The technique was practised in Arimatsu in the early 20th century and was discontinued when “the cloth went out of fashion”

there may have been another reason,  the threads were pulled up on a “gathering frame” a fact I overlooked. I don’t know what the frame looks like or how it is used – but I had 6 yards to gather, it was difficult and the occasional thread broke.

6 yards gathered into 22 inches and indigo dyed

it’s is plain to see where the gathering threads broke. The book shows a picture of yardage with a pattern stencilled over the shibori – maybe some day!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Duffield permalink
    October 27, 2011 5:51 pm

    what kind of thread are you using for the gathering, Jean? and are they removed when you are finished?
    This is a very lovely piece and a lovely blue.
    I am taking the Dorothy class at Maiwa right now – also very nice.


    • October 27, 2011 6:13 pm

      gathering threads are something very strong and smooth, usually a little heavier and I try to use a colour that will stand out once the piece is dyed. Yes, of course the threads are removed, if you look at the picture of the finished piece they are not left in the fabric. Removing them leaves a pattern of small holes, that is a part of the work.


      • Susan duffield permalink
        October 27, 2011 8:39 pm

        I am using my dinky computer right now and it isn’t showing much detail, so it is difficult to tell the weight of the threads and, of course, I’m not a weaver, so this process is full of mystery for me. I do shibori by stitching – sometimes on linen and I use dental floss now and I haven’t had a breakage since I started using it. Now, having said this out loud, I will have dropped the anvil on my foot. And the floss is a bit hard on the hands, but..

        I do enjoy reading of your adventures and processes. Thanks.


  2. October 27, 2011 3:08 am

    i love the ellis book, though i haven’t woven shibori myself.


  3. October 27, 2011 1:18 am

    that’s a test to anyone’s patience! the results are worth it-and i really don’t mind the bleeding, gives it character. stenciling would add depth to the cloth.


  4. fibreisle permalink
    October 26, 2011 10:34 pm

    If you know somebody who has access to a smocking machine, I think that could work. The fabric needs to be lightweight, but if you’re gathering 6 yards into 22 inches, it most certainly is. A smocking machine would make the gathering much more painless. Just a thought.


    • October 26, 2011 10:51 pm

      thanks, the gathering threads are woven into the fabric as it is woven. the smocking machine doesn’t work . It has been tried on commercial fabric.


  5. October 26, 2011 1:07 pm

    Beautiful effect and amazing how you could gather 6yds into 22inches! What does it plan to become?


    • October 26, 2011 2:42 pm

      there was a plan when I started but I was disappointed with the bleeding from the broken threads and put it on the shelf, maybe I will get going and overprint with a stencil??


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