Indigo Dyeing and Shibori Techniques (Kate Marshall)
Kate practices Shibori stitching and indigo dyeing techniques and has made numerous trips to Japan to master these skills. At home she has an indigo dye vat set up permanently.
This two day workshop (4hrs each) will concentrate on the indigo dyeing process and ways to resist cloth to create a fantastic array of patterns. You will learn Mokume, Itajime and Arashi Shibori, as well as alternative ways to create resist patterns.
Participants will receive a small “homework” box with a large cotton scarf, marking pen, needle and quality Shibori thread. It will also come with simple stitching instructions and design suggestions (Mokume Shibori) to be stitched before the workshop. That way you will be able to complete a large stitched indigo dyed piece.
Day 1: Setting up the indigo vat. Pulling in and dyeing the stitched scarf. Demonstration and sampling of other resist
Day 2: Dyeing prepared cloth/yarns under guidance of the tutor and some extra resist techniques
It is up to you how much of the scarf you stitch. We anticipate you may need to set aside about 15-20hrs of simple stitching (if covering the whole piece) in preparation for the workshop.
DATES: Sunday 13 and 27 September
TIME: 10.30-12.30 and 1.00-3.00
Two 4 hour sessions
Please bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea provided.
Day 1 (13 Sept)
finished stitched scarf and “homework” box
apron and long rubber gloves, clothes and shoes that can cope with dye spills
G clamps if you have
reading glasses if needed
whatever you might like to try as a resist (marbles, coins, small balls/shapes, etc)
Day 2 (27 Sept)
Prepared resisted/stitched cloth. Cotton/linen cloth (light to medium weight). All fabrics needs to be scoured of all
sizing etc. to remove impurities, so dyeing will be more successful. Instructions will be given on Day 1.
small skeins of yarn (cotton/linen/silk suitable for knitting weaving) to dye at the end of the workshop if time permits.
The yarn needs to be scoured before as well
Unfortunately the dye vat won’t be able to cope with items of clothing and further large pieces of cloth, as the dye will
exhaust too quickly
Bring a bucket with lid that closes very securely