Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shibori ribbon blog hop challenge

Last week, I shared a pendant I made with shibori ribbon.

I had never worked with that type of ribbon before and really enjoyed it.

A few people commented that they had not seen shibori ribbon before and were interested in trying it out.

After an email conversation with Christine Altmiller, I decided to host a shibori ribbon challenge.

If you haven't played with shibori ribbon, you are in for a treat.  Shibori is a silk ribbon with accordion like folds running down the length of the ribbon.  You can stretch it (width wise) or scrunch it or both.  I've seen it used mostly for bead embroidery, but I think it could be used in many other ways.

I have 5 pieces of shibori ribbon up for grabs.  Each piece is 9" in length -- perfect for a bracelet or for a couple of pendants.

The rules:
   *  Leave a comment below if you would like to play -- be sure I have a way to contact you
   *  You do not need to have a blog.  I would be happy to show your work on my blog
   *  You do not have to be a bead weaver or learn to embroider.  I would love to see different ideas on how to use the ribbon.
   *  You have to use the ribbon in some way, but you don't have to make a piece of jewelry if you don't want to.
   *  I will pick winners randomly from the comments the morning of Monday, March 10 and (hopefully) send the ribbons out the next day.
   *  If you are not chosen, but have shibori ribbon, you are welcome to play along.
   *  The reveal will  be Monday, April 14.
   *  Above all, have fun and try something new!

If you've never worked with shibori ribbon and are wondering exactly how to use it, I found this link helpful when I started working on my pendant.

I have also started a pinterest board to spark our imaginations.

I hope you can join me!


  1. I would love to play along, Tanya! I love shibori ribbon and I haven't yet worked with it. This would be the push I need!

  2. I would love to join the challenge! I have never worked with shibori ribbon, but it seems very interesting.

  3. This is a really awesome idea. I've never worked with the ribbon before and think that this would be a great opportunity. I'm already excited to see what everyone comes up with because that ribbon is some really beautiful stuff.

  4. Fabric is one of my drugs of choice, Tanya, so I would love to be a part of your wonderful hop :) My email is attached to my Blogger profile.

  5. Oh those are so cool! would love to play if I can still squeeze in!

  6. Would love to make something with the ribbon. It is one medium i haven't used yet.


  7. I am totally tempted Tanya. I have heard of shibori, but have never even seen it before the picture you have here!! I am smitten. I would love to play along if I get chosen.

  8. You can contact me at

  9. how fun! as the dyer behind the ribbon i am always interested in seeing people wonder about and create with the ribbon. thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for it!

  10. Now that I'm learning more about this ribbon, I'm totally sold! So glad you introduced me to it! I'd love to participate, but I'll supply my own ribbon. Itching to order some for future projects too! Thanks much! --Sharyl

    P.S. The colors you have shown are all lovely!

  11. Tanya....I would love to play too! Catherine

  12. I would love to join, too. I have a piece of shibori ribbon I could use. Thanks!

  13. I would like to play with it, have never done it before.

  14. I would like to play with it, have never done it before.

  15. Sign me up Tanya! This is such a great idea-I am glad you are doing this :-)

  16. I love how the shibori ribbons nod you blue seedbeads become her dress in your piece, like a miniature portrait. Really nice!

  17. Hi Tanya,
    I am just catching up on my blogs am I too late to participate? I have my own Shibori Ribbon.