the other side of the flower


This ribbon was done down the length of the pole creating cross-wise pleats much like bomaki. Currently, I’m only making this ribbon for my own work as it simply takes too much time to produce in larger amounts. As you can see, it takes LOTS of wrapping.


So here is the front side of this flower. The center is made of fine tubular wire mesh that comes in assorted colors. You can find it at some better bead shops or online. I believe it comes from Italy. Really interesting stuff to work with.

I spoke with Anna at the Pasadena Bead and Design Show today and classes are starting to fill up. You can also sign up at the show or call and reserve your space now (530-274-1123). All materials are provided so no need to bring anything with you unless (like me) you have your own favorite tools (ie. scissors, thimble, etc.). Project sheets for the various flower designs will be available at the show.

3 thoughts on “the other side of the flower

  1. Coral-seas

    It was worth waiting for, of course. I was reminded of a sea urchin. I’m beginning to understand some of the terms for shibori but I don’t think I’ve come across bomaki before. Are those the wrapping threads hanging out of the sides?



  2. shiborigirl Post author

    bomaki as i understand it refers to fabric that has a seam sewn lengthwise down the fabric creating a tube that fits snugly when mounted on the pole. it is then pushed to one end of the pole scrunching the fabric and processed as in arashi shibori. this ribbon might be classified as arashi as it includes the winding of the string around the pole but with the fabric laid lengthwise along the pole and pushed together as in arashi. a single layer of fabric creates a sharper pleat than multiple layers but of course, takes longer to do….and yes, those are the wrapping threads cut off the pole before being removed from the ribbon.



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