Indigo Vat Dyeing and Shibori

(1) 3-hour session. Available dates:
Thursday, September 19 | 6pm to 9pm

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Indigo blue is a true wonder of nature, a treasured, plant-derived color used for centuries by multiple cultures to dye and embellish textiles. Our 3-hour beginner’s workshop will focus on Shibori, the Japanese art of shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing in carefully maintained vats.

  • Learn how to create and maintain an all-natural indigo vat; we’ll cover: vat chemistry and ingredient options; natural fiber prep & post-dye care; and the set-up & tools needed for small-batch, home-based projects.

  • Experiment with Shibori pattern-making; we have a wide selection of templates and other materials to play with, and library of sample work for inspiration.

  • Create and relax with in a low-key, convivial environment.

Hands-on work will focus on folded, tied and clamped resist techniques, with a review of other historic and modern Shibori dyeing techniques for pattern-making. Students will leave with a resource list, dyed fiber samples, one cotton handkerchief, and one silk scarf.

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Class Fee: $60; $20 Kids (13 and under).
Materials: Included. Students are welcome to bring their own pre-washed, natural fiber samples for dyeing; we suggest small lengths of yarn, fabric, or small clothing item - a pair of cotton socks is a fun choice!

Ages: All-ages; 13 and under must attend with parent or guardian. Older students 14-18, please contact us for more information.
Experience Level: Beginners to Intermediate. For gardeners, artists and citizen scientists!

Instructor: Karen Cornish

NOTE for wheelchair users: We are located in a 19th-century building with only stairs, and no elevator. We regret that our space is not accessible by wheelchair.