Tutorial Shibori

Hi Everyone!

This tutorial was generously created by Lynn Lindley. The tutorial is to give you ideas and a general instructions on another way to use Nicole's BeadBacking, Shibori ribbon and beads.
Please use this information to create your own designs.
This material is copyrighted and is not to be used for any type of personal monetary gain. 
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Photos and text by Lynn Lindley©

 Photo 1 :  Photo shows NBB Chartreuse Shine arranged with various Japanese glass seed beads by Toho, Fireline beading thread in Flame Green, Shibori Silk Ribbon, round Jasper beads, and a bezeled Jasper cabochon. Additionally there are glass pearls, AB glass round beads, faceted crystal beads, square glass dichroic beads, turquoise Picasa beads, and faceted Czech beads.   

I cut a piece of NBB Chartreuse Shine approximately 9” x 4”.  On both sides of this rectangular piece I mark the middle of both the length and the width of the piece with a felt-tip pen.  I then draw two lines, lengthwise and width wise from the middle of each side so that they intersect in the middle of the NBB.  I repeat this on the opposite side of the NBB, so both sides are marked and I can find the middle with my needle to aid in placing the central focal cabochon.

 Photo 2 :  Photo shows NBB with Shibori Silk Ribbon spread out and held down with clothespins to maintain position.  All edges of the ribbon are turned under so that no raw edges are seen.

Photo 3 :  Photo shows NBB tacked down with very small stitches around entire edge of Shibori Silk Ribbon. I have beaded the central cabochon separately on a small piece of NBB and added it after it was bezeled.  This was easier to complete separately and then tack down, instead of bezeling it on top the Shibori Silk Ribbon.

   Photo 4 :  Photo shows continued beading. The ends of the Shibori Silk Ribbon are tucked under the
 NBB on each end, and held in place with Scotch tape, then tacked down with tiny stitches.

     Photo 5 :  Photo shows silver end closures stitched in place and embellished with beads.  Before adding the end closures, I measured the bracelet to determine the final length.

    Photo 6 :  Photo shows the top beaded foundation finished and ready to be cut away from the excess NBB.  I use curved-blade cuticle scissors to carefully cut away the NBB close to the beaded work, but not too close to cut any threads.

    Photo 7 :  Photo shows the top beaded  foundation  curved around and glued to an inner brass cuff bracelet form, which is covered by an olive-colored piece of Ultrasuede.  The Ultrasuede will be trimmed to match up with the top beaded foundation and sewn together as a “sandwich” 
with the brass cuff form inside.  

     Photo 8 :  Photo shows completed bracelet with picot edging around the perimeter of the bracelet.  Inside the bracelet, a row of silver beads plus olive green beads hides the stitching on the Ultrasuede.  The brass cuff enables to wearer to squeeze it for a tighter fit, or stretch it out for a looser fit, thereby achieving a perfect fit on the wrist.  

Now you have the technique all you need are the supplies to create your own beautiful Shibori cuff.


  1. Beautiful. Thank you to you and Lynn for sharing this How To!!!

  2. I've wondered how to work with that silk...and now I know. Only one question though, in the end photo, when I do this sort of thing, the very tips of the square ends tend to eventually bend, do you use a hard filler? The brass cuff blanks I have are rounded on the ends. Donna in Florence

  3. The filler I use is the FIRMEST type of sewing interfacing sold in my craft store in the fabric section. It is mostly used for making collars or cuffs, and is very strong. It bends smoothly around in a semi-circle without a sharp bend the way cardboard might do (which I wouldn't use anyway.) I trim the interfacing away from the edge of the bracelet where I plan to stitch the top beaded NBB together with the bottom UltraSuede lining - because it would be really difficult to stitch through all three layers. If you have the very tips of the bracelet finishing in pointed square ends, perhaps you could gently round them a bit before the final sewing so they don't bend. Just a thought. Hope this helps!

  4. This is just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your technique!

  5. The photo that shows the Shibori Silk Ribbon held down with clothespins did not get included here ... but that step is pretty self-explanatory. I suppose you could also use straight pins to hold the ribbon in place, but I have found that the less I puncture the fragile silk ribbon with a needle the better. Clothespins don't snag the ribbon nor do they leave a mark. When possible, it's better to needle DOWN into the silk ribbon from the top of your work down to the NBB, as opposed to coming UP from the bottom of the NBB to the top of the Shibori silk ribbon. This seems to help the ribbon stay in position, especially if you are hoping to keep the pleats "just so."

  6. To see the photo that shows the clothespins holding down the Shibori Silk Ribbon, please go to my blog: www.ARTiCREATE.blogspot.com, and look for the bead embroidered cuff bracelet called "Meadow Stream" posted on 2-21-15. Using the clothespins keeps the silk ribbon in place after you've gone to the trouble of arranging the pleats "just so." Hope this helps!

  7. Muchisimas gracias, hermoso tutorial....saludos


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