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In STITCH RESIST RECONSIDERED, Ana Lisa Hedstrom creates multi-dimensional stitch shibori resist patterns and pleats for art clothing, quilts, and textile art.



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Explore Shibori Stitch Resists with Ana Lisa Hedstrom

In STITCH RESIST RECONSIDERED, Ana Lisa Hedstrom demonstrates fool-proof hand stitching methods and designs based on traditional Japanese nui-shibori. 

She then moves to the sewing machine in a process based on the concepts of Katano Shibori. 

Ana Lisa concludes the stitch Shibori with instruction with a smocking machine pleater to make pleated and patterned fabrics on sheer silks and cottons.

More than 2 hours of detailed step by step instruction in how to create stitch resist patterns in fabric for home furnishings, wall art, wearable art/clothing and much more.

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Nui-shibori Hand Sewing

Most traditional Japanese Shibori kimonos are created with a variety of hand stitches that are pulled up tightly before dyeing. Of all the traditional techniques this is the most pictorial.
I like to call this “drawing with stitches”. Ana Lisa gives instruction that assures even a beginner to achieve a clear design against the dyed cloth. Included in this workshop are instructions for Mokume woodgrain, Karamatsu larch, and Ori-nui lines. She invites the stitcher to experiment with contemporary variations. There are no limits!

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Katano History & Hand Stitching

Motohiko Katano ( 1889-1975 ) was a renowned Japanese dyer who developed his own beautiful and unique techniques using indigo and natural dyes. Yoshiko Wada in her book, SHIBORI, has named one technique, “Katano”, to honor his invention. Cloth is folded lengthwise into accordion folds. Hand stitching is added to carefully create “channels” for the dye. The stitches are not pulled up as in more conventional shibori. The dye seeps in and around the folds to create soft and magical patterns.
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African stitch resist shibori

Many African nations have a splendid history of resist dyed fabric. Some of the techniques are similar to Japanese Shibori, but one challenge was to develop techniques suitable for large pieces of cloth, unlike the typical 14” width kimono cloth. The use of a sewing machine is one solution to this challenge. These beautiful bold designs are an inspiration to all surface designers and artisans.
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Smocking Pleater for Shibori

The traditional Japanese shibori artisan felt free to borrow tools from their own environment and culture. We can do the same. When Ana Lisa began her career she saw a small hand pleating tool used to pleat fabric into fine folds before adding smocked embroidery stitches. The pleater holds 24 special needles that can add parallel running stitches which look like mokume hand stitches. Ana Lisa has created many patterns and textures using the pleater. Join us and be amazed!
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Smocking Pleater Stitched Moiré

I fell in love with the possibilities of the Smocking Pleater when I discovered a moire effect. The first step is to stitch and gather the fabric for dyeing. Small stripes are created, and if this is run through the tool a second time the stripes are distorted and a moire pattern is made. This is especially effective when the moire fabric is held together in modular shapes for clothing, accessories, or art textiles.

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Sewing Machine Shibori

When I teach, I always have a student who asks, “can I use a sewing machine for stitch resist?” The answer is yes, but the basic concept is changed as machine stitches do not gather adequately to resist the dye. By borrowing the concept of Katano Shibori, Ana Lisa demonstrates machine sewing through folded fabric to create channels which either allow or prevent the dye from entering. This is the perfect answer for those of us who do not like hand sewing!
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Bonus Workshop PDFs

This online edition includes a Workshop Chapter List, and a Resources Guide to guide you through your learning journey.

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2.5 Hours, English Language • 18 Videos + 3 PDFs

Ana Lisa Hedstrom Artist Portrait

Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Textile Artist • About the Instructor

Ana Lisa has been dyeing fabric for art wear, quilts and art textiles for over 40 years and still finds inspiration in the endless possibilities of shibori dyeing. Her signature shibori textiles are included in the museum collections of the Cooper Hewett Smithsonian Design Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the de Young (San Francisco) and Racine Art Museum. She has received public art commissions for the City of Emeryville, California, and the American Embassy, Brunei.

Ana Lisa  is a frequent instructor at art schools and international conferences including San Francisco State University and California College of Arts.  Ana Lisa has received two 
NEA grants and is a fellow of the American Craft Council.

Visit Ana Lisa’s website