Beading with shibori, sari and velvet ribbon

Posted by Sherry Serafini
on Friday, May 02, 2014

Shibori Silk Ribbon with cabochons.

Shibori and ultrasuede purse.

Velvet, Shibori and Sari...not sure yet what it will be when it grows up!

Lately the buzz around my classrooms has been fiber. I’ve been teaching projects related to the manipulation of shibori ribbon and bead embroidery. Shibori is a wonderful dyed silk that is gorgeous when enhanced by beadwork.

This playtime that I’ve had with shibori has lead me to other fibers. Sari ribbon is a silk ribbon which is also very cool. I’ve added it to the shibori with the beadwork and been very happy with the results.

Velvet ribbon is also a lot of fun to combine with the shibori and silk. I like to use it as a back drop for the ribbons using the 2” or wider pieces to make a cuff.

Another interesting find lately has been printed ultrasuede. I’ve been working with handbags lately and the printed ultrasuede is a blast! Find the right ribbons, stitch them to the ultrasuede…add some bead embroidery and TA-DA!!! A very cool piece of art!

I’m finding that we’re only limited by our imaginations with all the resources we have. As if buying beads wasn’t enough for me, now I find myself venturing to New York City to the awesome fabric stores for unusual fabrics and ribbons. Don’t fret if you can’t make it to New York though. Get on your computer and look for these fabrics and fibers and you’ll find tons. I was introduced to sari ribbon last year at Bead & Button. I see a new trend on the horizon leaning towards the combinations of materials.

There simply are not enough hours in the day to do everything we beaders want to do!!!

Be Inspired and Bead On!

Sherry Serafini is a beadwork artist who has been creating beaded body adornment since 1997. Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones to a felt-like base. Formerly a graphic designer, she now lectures and teaches throughout the U.S. and her work has been published widely.

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