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 Jane Callender
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Published on 31st January this book sold out twice and was already in its third edition by mid December 2017.
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Available in France in French translation in May 2018


Written by eminent shibori artist and expert teacher Jane Callender, this beautiful, practical guide to stitched shibori contains both traditional and innovative stitch techniques, a comprehensive guide to dyeing and an inspirational collection of Jane’s work.
The book is broken into three sections: technique, pattern and dyeing. A wide range of stitch-resist techniques – worked on their own or combined with other shibori methods – are all carefully explained with photography and clear illustrations.
Instruction is given on how to take techniques further to develop motifs and textures for pattern or a unique art textile. The recipe section has clear guidance on preparation and procedure and ensures shibori resists in a broad spectrum of colour on natural fabrics.
Natural, organic and synthetic indigo vat recipes are given along with natural dyes and fibre-reactive dye recipes.
All the jewel-like colours can be used alone or in combination with indigo.
This comprehensive resource book contains all the information a beginner will need to get started.
It is also packed with innovative techniques and ideas that will enthuse and inspire the experienced textile artist.

She is an acknowledged master of her craft.
.... a superlative book, clear, concise, instructive and inspiring.
John Gillow, noted author, lecturer and collector

It will become a classic on shibori, widely consulted worldwide
and treasured for years to come.
Jenny Balfour-Paul, noted author on indigo

A step-by-step guide to creating pattern

by Jane Callender

‘Pattern has made a terrific comeback in the last decade and its popularity shows no signs of abating.
Pattern design is booming in the craft, textile, fashion and graphic design worlds.

This is a much-needed book on simple and more advanced ways of creating pattern, with a plentiful source of colourful combinations that you can use to further your own creative work.

Also co-published in Japan with Japanese text.
publishers Bunka Shuppan Feb 2013

'This is a visually rich book that has applications for any kind of designer’

Published September 30th 2011
Batsford, Anova Books
336 pages
2000 illustrations
220 x 220 mm square format


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'A must-have guide to creating and developing your own professional and unique patterns,
whether you are working in craft, textiles, fashion or graphic design'

Now on the essential reading list of University of Creative Arts, Surrey

Whether you are working with simple squares or triangles or more complex
floral and animal designs, you can create beautiful patterns from a range
of source material.

Illustrated throughout with the author’s own inspirational pattern designs,
the book is packed with ideas for adapting and developing your patterns for
any medium, and will show you how to take your designs to the next level'.

The book includes a chapter devoted to patterning with stitched shibori
motifs which offers many insights into the technique.

'Jane Callender is an award-winning shibori artist and recognised shibori master
with a passion for pattern. After gaining a BA (hons) degree in printed textiles
her continued exploration of pattern-making led her to develop the shibori
work for which she is known'.


Book Excerpts and Extracts

'Pattern can be as expressive as music, as transient as breeze, or as stern as granite;
it can lift the spirit or take it to a more sombre place'



Book Reviews                                                                                           

The name of Jane Callender has a familiar ring to those who had the good luck to participate in her
'Introduction to Shibori' in the Textile Museum (Budapest) in 2009. Originally she became famous - we can
say even world famous - and multiple prize winner for her creations in Japanese blue dyeing techniques (shibori).

Now she surprised the textile world with such a book that is equally important and will be useful for people who are active
in other disciplines, be it graphic artists, textile designers or industrial artists not to mention practising quilters.
It has the aim of aiding original individual creation of pattern. Starting from the simplest forms the book goes step by step
from simple to complex patterns. 2000 illustrations help to make the creation more visual and understandable.
The majority of the illustrations are in colour and even browsing is already an experience.

The book is not recommended for beginners; nevertheless it is a basic work which cannot be ignored
by those who want to create their own designs.
Anna Dolanyi of the Hungarian Quilters Guild. Translation from Hungarian by Gyorgy Jaros

Most book-lovers talk about the pleasure of feeling the 'heft' of a book and of the many reasons for not turning digital.
Jane Callender's '2000 Pattern Combinations' may not have the most alluring title, but the remarkably inspiring contents within
the satisfying weight and shape of this Batsford publication makes it a 'must have' for artists of many disciplines. Callender in her
excellent introduction, suggests these might be, among others, embroiderers, ceramists, glass engravers, as well as her own
craft of shibori textile design, but I would include painters as well, for the complexity and richness of pattern in this book by
far transcends any ideas of regularity and repetition.
Callender is herself a distinguished shibori master, shibori being the Japanese
term for the many methods of dyeing and stitching cloth into intricate patterns. She was initially trained in textiles at Farnham Art
School by teachers who had in turn been taught textile design by the two startlingly original modernists – Barron and Larcher –
famous from the 1920s. And so the line of arts and crafts continues as does the fascination for potentially limitless pattern, for which
Callender has designed hundreds of computer generated starting points and step-by-step developments for use in any medium.
A wonderful book.
Jilly Szaybo for
This is a great guide for all those wanting to create their own patterns. The step-by-step instructions take the
reader through simple patterns – repeats and reflections into far more complex techniques. Working from geometric through to
floral, African and random design sources, Jane shows how pattern exploration works, whatever the source material.

The book concentrates on placement of line and shape and, although all the patterns in the book are computer created, it
is entirely possible to use any number of alternative media. Jane, being a shibori specialist, has also included a chapter on
this subject.
Maggie Grey for Workshop on the Web
'I am fairly new to the technique of developing illustrations into repeat patterns and have found your book a fantastic guide.
It takes you through the stages with clarity and ease. Thank you for this book which is not only educational but also inspirational'.
Eleanor Milne March 2015

'I have a copy of your book and it is brilliant! I took it to show the students at Urchfont Manor and they were
very impressed.  It was the 'pattern' weekend and was so useful.' Janet Crowther Textile tutor UK


Review by Anna Dolanyi of the Hungarian Quilters Guild.

Click on the image to take you through to a PDF of the review which is in Hungarian.
See above for the translation into English by Gyorgy Jaros.

To read Linda Brassington's editorial for Selvedge Magazine, please click here.          


Indigo and the Tightening Thread
231 Autumn 2009

Originally requested and written for the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
To read, simply click on the image which will take you to a PDF file.
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'The time to keep faith arrives when the bundle is relinquished to the golden depths.

The options as to how this is done
depend on what is being dyed'.


In agreement with the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers


Video Podcast

This presentation was recorded by Maiwa at their 'Tradition and Revival'
Textile Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, on October 14 2007.
The podcast, a m4a file, has pictures and sound. To listen simply click on the image.

'Join master shibori artisit Jane Callender as she describes her
development and artistic influences'. 'Here is an evening full of
visual delights, tiny details and sudden insights - not to be missed'.

In agreement with Maiwa



Understanding Indigo - Indigo and Shibori Stitch Resist
March 2006

Originally requested by and written for Workshop on the Web.
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'This wonderful article is a detailed study of the process and ideology of
indigo dyeing by an expert in the field'.
The Editor

In agreement with Workshop on the Web


Introduction to Indigo and Shibori
March-April 2006

Originally requested by and written for the ICHF Show Guide Catalogue.
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'In the early 1800s there was a significant discovery
which transformed the world of textiles.'

In agreement with ICHF


Threaded Vessels - Mixed media constructions
Volumn 47 No 2 May 1996

Originally requested and written for The World of Embroidery magazine.
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'The unevenessof the rim emphasied the play of light on the gold threads.

As gold spoke of richness,
so indigo spoke of a dignified simplicity'.

In agreement with the Embroiderers Guild