Upcycled homeware

Homeware like napkins, table cloths and cushion covers can be updated as easily as fashion with indigo shibori. I have also dyed lengths of fabric for customers to make their own blinds and lampshades. Or why not use old garments to create new felted wall art?

Indigo shibori homeware

Shibori is the Japanese version of tie dye. It involves folding, binding, stitching or compressing the cloth so that parts of it are not exposed when it is dyed, resulting in very distinctive patterns.

Depending on the thickness of the fabric and size of the item, some shibori techniques may be more suitable than others - I can advise.

Indigo dyeing is best suited to natural fibres such as cotton, silk, linen and wool - synthetic fibres do not take up the dye very well. See here for more information on indigo shibori.

Felt homeware

If you have old wool sweaters or damaged lightweight silk scarves or garments, I may be able to incorporate them into a new felt item, such as a cushion cover, vessel or wall art.

I do this by laying out a couple of layers of sheep's fleece and putting strips or shapes cut from the sweater or silk scarf on top. Then I wet it with soap and water and rub and roll everything until the fibres interlock and shrink to form felt. See here for more information on felting.

shibori lampshade
upcycled felt cushion