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Shibori Designs and Techniques [Paperback]

Mandy Southan
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12 Sep 2008
Mandy Southan takes the art of Shibori, in which fabric is bound, clamped or stitched before dyeing, and goes beyond the traditional blue and white to create fabrics in a fabulous array of colours, patterns and textures. Clear step by step photographs and instructions demonstrate how to use acid dyes and cold water reactive dyes, and techniques such as steam fixing, discharging on silk, space dyeing and much more. Mandy then demonstrates how shibori techniques such as binding, hand painting, capping, stitching, folding and clamping, pole winding and pole wrapping can be used to create truly wonderful dyed fabrics.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (12 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844482693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844482696
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guild of Silk Painters:Another stunning book from Search Press! A short introduction is followed by chapters on materials, then dyeing, discharge and colour. This is all shown in a step-by-step format, as is the whole book, with text and photographs, which is very easy to understand, and is suitable for beginners and the more experienced.The book then goes on to describe the many and varied forms of Shibori, which produce wonderful results, as illustrated. These include binding, hand-painting and capping, stitching and capping, stitching and gathering, folding and clamping, pole winding and pole wrapping.I really enjoyed reading with this beautiful, colourful and informative book and would thoroughly recommend it.Vera Dreyfuss www.karenplatt.co.uk: This 96 page book will guide you through the designs and techniques of shibori - the Japanese art of tie-dye. Like many the author, MAndy Southan was first introduced to tie-dyeing at school, dying a piece of fabric in a bowl. This book explores the materials and methods you need to master. There is a comprehensive section on dyeing. This explains the uses of different dyes, the equipment needed, the different kinds of dyes and the methods of application. There are notes on silk dyeing and on colour too. When doing tie-dye, there are options for binding that affect the finished result. These are all fully explored in depth and the fascinating finished pieces of cloth are shown in colour. Start with simple binding or folding and progress to the lovely technique of mokume or pole binding. In addition, to help you practice the techniques, there are eighteen projects with many variations. This should help you build up a repertoire and improve your technique. A variety of fabrics are used throughout the book. This book is full of colourful photos that capture the imagination. It is beautifully laid out and instructions are easy-to-follow. This is a superb techniques book that fully explores the wonderful art of shibori. Sewing World: Create unique and beautiful fabrics using the ancient Japanese resist dyeing method of shibori. Author Mandy Southan shows a variety of ways in which stitching, gathering, pleating and folding fabric prior to dyeing it can be used to create a wide variety of colours, patterns and textures. Starting with the basics of materials and equipment she demonstrates how simple household items can be used for binding and securing fabric to create amazing tie-dye effects and textures surfaces. There is a particularly good section on the various types of dyes available and a step-by-step photo guide showing exactly how to use them, plus achieve special effects such as space dyeing. The remainder of the book focuses on traditional Japanese folding, wrapping, clamping and stitching techniques with detailed instructions and beautiful examples of finished pieces to illustrate the created patterns. This is a great book for those who love bold and exotic fabrics and is good value at just GBP9.99. Waterstones ReadCraft: Stunning visual results from simple dyeing techniques that have stood the test of time (over 1000 years in Japan!) All sorts of patterns can emerge with Mandy Southan's traditional and more contemporary tricks. Su Mwamba, Derby branch The Japanese term shibori meaning to wring, squeeze or press now encompasses many different fores of tie-dyeing which all involve shaping and compressing fabric in some way before dyeing it. The author takes the art from beyond the traditional blue and white to create fabrics in an array of colours, patterns and textures. She demonstrates traditional and contemporary techniques (including some personal adaptations). Step-by-step colour photography and instructions demonstrate how to use acid dyes and cold water reactive dyes and various techniques. There are eighteen projects with fabric suggestions for each one and variations showing the effects that can be achieved.-Sew Today Shibori has always intrigued me and never more so than when I paged through this book. I knew some of the basics of tie-dyeing and I was always pleased with my results, but Southan has opened my eyes to a whole new world of colour and design. Most of the designs in this book are based on traditional Japanese methods, but she has included her personal adaptations for creating exciting, contemporary textiles. Before getting into the tying, Southan presents a complete introduction to the materials and the process. She discusses the various dyes and the equipment and tools you will need. She uses lots of photos and provides clear and concise explanations. After laying the groundwork, she presents step-by-step projects and a number of variations to show readers how to make the experience and the results their own. Her process shots are wonderfully illustrative and her fabrics are amazingly colorful and unique. If you were smitten with tie-dyeing in the '70s, you need to take a look at this contemporary twist.-Quilting Arts Mandy takes the beautiful art of shibori but makes it go well beyond the traditional blue and white to create fabrics in a fabulous array of colours, patterns and textures. Clear step-by-step photographs and instructions will leave you wanting to have a go! If you fancy something a little different then this could be the book for you.-Fabrications

About the Author

Mandy Southan trained at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design where she gained a degree in Fashion and Textile Design. She designs and produces printed and hand-painted silks for retail and commission. Mandy is a founder member and chairman of the Guild of Silk Painters. She teaches art, silk painting and design at Hastings College and she gives silk painting demonstrations to art groups and societies. Mandy lives in Hastings and exhibits in galleries in East Sussex.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STUNNING BOOK 11 July 2009
This book is possibly the only book you will ever need on the technique of Shibori. The photographs of the techniques are clear and leave nothing to the imagination. The instructions are similarly, clear and concise. The tips are a testament to the author's generosity - she wants you to be able to produce work of an equal standard to her own, which is stunning. The best bit is the fact that she uses equipment which can be found in most kitchens and garden sheds. You will learn to produce wonderful coloured textiles with relative ease - I managed to steam-fix silk paints using Mandy Southan's instructions after several previous unsuccessful attempts using other books. This book should be the standard that all technique books should strive for.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 15 Jan 2010
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I agree with the other reviews, this is a great book. It has details of different fabrics, dyes and tying/wrapping techniques. Lovely colour photographs show the techniques, which are explained in a clear but comprehensive fashion. Shibori is such a huge area, with endless different styles of tying and wrapping but the book simplifies them, and shows, one to a page, how to re-create them. Highly recommended for beginners and improvers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Getting Started 19 Nov 2009
I bought this book having never dyed anything before, but wanting to give it a try.
The beauty of this book is in the step-by-step colour photographs for each of the techniques in the book- they are very easy to follow.

The book begins with some explanations on materials, tools and safety. Again, a very useful section as it allows you to gather everything you need before starting.

I bought this book after borrowing several from the local library that didn't have the kind of information I was looking for, so i would definitely recommend this book. It is for adults, but laid out as simply as a young adult or children's book would be- colour photo's throughout, the suggested projects are enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 4 Oct 2013
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Beautiful designs and lots of information, but I somehow expected a lot more information to be shared in the book after reading the description.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 Mar 2014
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Easy to read , great illustrations, good book to learn the technique . Would recommend to anyone interested in shibori.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book 28 Feb 2014
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Good book to inspire you on different patterns you can create with fabric dye. But it's probably not for beginners like I, as I don't have all those tools and different dyes. Plus, you can probably find the techniques explained in videos on YouTube easier to follow. Nevertheless not a bad book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Starter 4 Oct 2013
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Exciting, colourfull and stimulating introduction to some of the techniques of dyeing fabrics, most of which can be done at home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 2 May 2013
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This is a great book, for a beginner or student like my self, it contains facts , techniques, history , recipes, and loads of idears.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Briilint Book
I am reading this book at the moment and find it insperational, I will be using some of the methods in my workshops thankyou.
Published 15 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book on Shibori techniques
Really nice book. Everything explained clearly with detailed images. Good book if you want to do it at home. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
Published 15 months ago by hw
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
It has very good, clear and easy to follow explanations about the unique technique and good pictures. I love it
Published 17 months ago by Silvia Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I had always been wondering... how do they do that? This book delivers all the secrets. With so many beautiful projects to choose from, you wont know where to start. Read more
Published 24 months ago by dani_t
5.0 out of 5 stars good
good clear photos and instructions, and great value for money. Easy to follow. Everything you need to know about shibori.
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by linzi T
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I love this book . Lots of lovely ideas, and projects. The instrctions are very clear and easy to follow. Great photos. And lots of inspiration to create your own desings.
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by dyeingtospin
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, colourful book
I have just started using the Shibori technique and I found this book not only useful and informative but full of very inspirational colours.
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Diane, Designer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book! very inspiring, clear instructions, lots of pictures
I love this book. It hasn't got that many pages, but there are many techniques described. And all of them with beautiful results it seems. Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Freddy
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