Shibori for Textile Artists

  • Janice Gunner
Shibori for Textile Artists

Size: 297×210 mm, 800 g
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
full color, 115 color illustrations
ISBN10: 1-56836-366-4
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-366-0
Release date: Sept. 1, 2010

List price: $22.95

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Shibori is the Japanese term for the dye-resist technique of binding, clamping, or gathering cloth so that dye cannot reach certain parts. The result is a powerful combination of carefully structured design with the organic freedom of the unpredictable.

One of the richest textile traditions in the world, shibori has been used for centuries in Japan, Africa, India, and South America to create rich color, bold patterns, and intricate motifs. In recent years, a resurgence of the art has revealed its full potential. Janice Gunner's book is aimed at quilters, embroiderers, and textile artists who want to both master the techniques of shibori and find ways of using the fabric for a range of textile applications.

The book begins with the historical and cultural background, then goes on to explain clearly, with step-by-step instructions and diagrams, how to make a wide range of exquisite fabrics. Covering many different techniques—including tied-resist, stitched-resist, wrapped-resist, clamp-resist, folded, and pleated-resist—instructions are also given for immersion, space, and indigo-dyeing techniques. Stunning examples of finished shibori pieces appear throughout the book both to inspire and guide, and practical advice is given on incorporating shibori textiles into your own quilted and embroidered pieces.


  • Combine traditional Japanese, African, and Indian shibori methods with contemporary techniques to create textiles that are bursting with rich, intricate patterns and bold color.
  • A range of techniques is covered—from tied and stitched designs to ideas for wrapping, folding, clamping, pleating, and binding. Simple and safe instructions for a range of dyeing techniques are also included.
  • Practical information is accompanied by clear instructions and diagrams, aimed at quilters, embroiderers, and textile artists of all abilities.
  • Stunning quilts and embroideries throughout demonstrate the full potential of the technique, alongside practical advice on turning your shibori textiles into beautiful quilts, hangings, and textile art.

About the Authors

JANICE GUNNER is a leading international textile artist particularly known for her patchwork, quilting, and shibori. She won the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for International Quilt Teachers, Houston, Texas in 1999, and is currently the President of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles. A member of both the Contemporary Quilt group of QGBI and The Society of Designer Craftsmen, she has been teaching patchwork, quilting, and shibori for 20 years and examples of her work are held in museum and private collections.