Workshop Tips & Clips

We are posting short videos and useful tips from workshops, demonstrations, travels from Slow Fiber Studios and our friends.

WOW Shibori Moment – Ripping Shibori Thread

Videos taken during a workshop taught by Hiroshi Murase & Yoshiko Wada at Madeline Island School of the Arts


Karamastu shibori and mokume shibori are stitched, tied securely, and dyed. Now using the special cotton thread, shibori artisans can pull the throw-away protective strip of cloth and break the thread easily. No seam ripper or scissors are used.


 

Nancy Gardner, a student from The Ultimate Shibori Workshop by Hiroshi MURASE and Yoshiko I WADA at Madeline Island School of the Arts in 2019, shares COVID-19 mask making using extra shibori fabric.

Glenda Mah, a student from The Ultimate Shibori Workshop by Hiroshi MURASE and Yoshiko I WADA at Madeline Island School of the Arts in 2019, shares COVID-19 mask making using a ponytail elastics or even better hairband elastics from the dollar store –  10 for a dollar, each one cut in half is perfect size.

COVID-19 and masks made in Baltimore, USA

Masks made by Sew Co. in the Carolina Textile District, USA


DIY Thimble 

Make a thimble from items around your house. The thimble can be used for any hand-stitching technique, such as sashiko or nui shibori.

Link to shibori tool kits

Link to learn how a nui shibori artisan uses this thimble and stitch in our documentary DVD filmed in Arimatsu, Japan.


Using Skeins

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Watch as Yoshiko Wada demonstrates the method used by shibori artisans to open and prepare a skein of special cotton stitching thread for nui shibori. Sashiko thread skeins can be treated in the same manner.

Link to learn how shibori artisans use cotton thread in our documentary DVD filmed in Arimatsu, Japan.


Degumming Silk

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Yoshiko Wada explains the process of degumming silk combined with itajime shibori technique to easily create an attractive scarf. Also shown is the silk organza from India, which was dyed with cochineal from Oaxaca – all available in the Slow Fiber Studios Shop.

Degumming instructions