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Imagine handwoven garments and accessories that flatter every body shape and size and change color as you move. Imagine cloth where the woven pattern is just a starting point for a subtle interplay of texture, light, and shadow. Imagine great looking handwoven garments and scarves that can travel with you anywhere and never wrinkle! The secret is woven shibori, cloth that collapses or crimps after weaving. In this video, Dianne Totten teaches how to create her version of woven shibori, called “crimp cloth,” which uses heat-reactive fibers to create flexibility and visual excitement.

You'll Love This Weaving Video If:

  • You love experimenting with color and texture
  • You're looking for handwoven garments that fit and flatter
  • You want creative ways to use your stash

In Woven Shibori: Creating Warp Crimp Cloth You'll Learn:

  • The basics and advantages of warp crimp cloth
  • Design tips for warp drafts
  • Tips for weaving warp crimp cloth
  • How to use pull-threads to create the crimp

About the Expert: Dianne Totten has been a weaver for over 35 years, and her expertise in sewing complements her passion for weaving. She uses her version of woven shibori, which she calls “crimp cloth,” to create one-of-a-kind garments. She teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School as well as nationally and internationally for guilds and regional conferences. Her award-winning work has appeared in Complex Weavers Journal; Handwoven; Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot; and Vävmagasinet.Väv chose her crimp cloth jacket as a “Best in Show” at the Swedish National Convention Fashion Show.


Great introduction to crimp cloth!

“This is the first of three videos by Dianne Totten on this technique. In this one you are introduced to the technique on the loom, with weft crimping, from start to finish, and also pick up a few useful general tips on weaving along the way. It is a very interesting technique from the master, and the results are pretty impressive. I wish she also had written a book about it. Very enjoyable video, and very useful technique. . . . ” - Paola Manzini

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