I am Rachel Switzer. I love pattern, color and stitching. Shibori is a perfect marriage of these passions. The patterns repeat, yet each element in the repeat is unique creating drama and interest. I love Indigo and the connection it has to other times and other parts of the globe. I use Procion dyes to achieve the other colors.
I’ve loved the textile arts since I was a kid. Starting with a fat needle, fat yarn and burlap. Embroidery and patchwork followed. As a teen I bought a floor loom from babysitting money. Then came batik, more quilts, knitting, rug hooking, printing fabric, and dyeing. A few years ago I arrived at Shibori. I think I’ll be here for a long time. There are still so many variations to explore and combine. I live and create on Cape Cod, MA.
I hand dye Shibori fabrics for artists. I employ many techniques and colors, as well as indigo. I do not shy away from the time consuming stitched techniques. In fact, that is my favorite process. I have an interest in the traditional Japanese patterns, but am also interested in contemporary twists on these patterns and techniques.
I also employ Itajime (folding and clamping) and Arashi (pole wrappng). My fabrics can be used in geometric, landscape or applique quilts, as well as collage or any textile art. You can view fat quarters and scrap packs on Etsy. Special orders welcome for favorite patterns and colors.