In October I hopped on a plane and went to Ohio to take Sue Cavanaugh’s shibori class at Nancy Crow’s Barn near Columbus. Just being at the Barn is an amazing experience, complete with gourmet food and beautiful farmland surroundings.
Sue doesn’t teach much, so I had waited for two years for this class, and it was worth it! Most of us were experienced fabric dyers and had done a certain amount of shibori already. But what we took away from this class was inspiration; inspiration to try new ideas, to experiment, and to make time to devote to doing art and quilting. Sue is now into installation art, and her curiosity and sense of excitement is infectious. Now I am in the process of figuring out how to use shibori as a “drawing” medium.
I expressly went to this class to learn how Sue leaves the shibori stitching in after dyeing her fabric. Her answer was simple, “I just leave the thread in!” Somehow it didn’t work at home, but it did in Ohio. Go figure.
Here is a piece using just two stitches, with the shibori threads left in: