Shibori is the Japanese name for resist dyeing. Create beautiful patterns and designs by binding, stitching, folding and wrapping. Natural dyes and indigo can be used to achieve vibrant and striking fabrics.

An Introduction to Shibori with Natural Dyeing

In this workshop we will produce some samples and a exquisite naturally dyed and patterned scarf using Shibori techniques. We will start with a brief history of Shibori, before focusing on binding and stitching techniques for resist dyeing (tie dye) and discussing suitable equipment and fabrics.

We will then prepare and dye our own Shibori samples. We will also share tips on getting the best colour from our chosen dyestuff and natural dyebath.

Turning our attention to our scarves, we will develop our ideas and create our patterns, preparing them using the techniques we have learned. Once dyed we will remove the stitching and binding to reveal our exquisite scarves.

Shibori on silk and cotton

Interactive online workshop **NEW** dates

This is run as an interactive online workshop split over 2 sessions – Part 1: 3hrs, Part 2 (Optional): 1hr ‘Show & Share’

Due to the amount of work involved in both stitching and dyeing, you will need to finish dyeing your Shibori sample, and continue preparing and/or dyeing your scarf in between sessions 1 & 2.

Session 2 is optional and will follow one or two weeks later; a one-hour ‘show & share’ session, where we will be able to celebrate your work and discuss any further tips or issues you encountered.

Workshop Fees and Kit Options

Introduction to Shibori with Natural Dyeing runs interactively online: £45
plus silk kit: Needle, thread, mordanted scarf and sample fabric and equipment for marking fabric: £22 (includes UK postage)
or organic cotton kit: Needle, thread, mordanted sample fabric and scarf, and equipment for marking fabric: £27.50 (includes UK postage)
or supply your own materials and dyestuffs

New Dates

Wednesday 23rd February: 10am – 1pm (Part 1)
Wednesday 2nd March: 10am – 11am (Part 2 Optional )

Face-to-face workshop dates

This face-to-face workshop unsually runs as a single session in a venue (including a break for refreshments). You can immerse yourself in the process of shibori, trialling your stitching and binding before making a beautiful scarf to take home.

For the face-to-face workshop the fee includes the materials and equipment you will use on the day and refreshments.

Please check back to see new venues and dates

An Introduction to Shibori with Indigo Dyeing

In this workshop we will produce some Shibori samples and a beautifully patterned scarf using indigo dye. We will start with a brief history of Shibori before looking at binding and stitching techniques for resist dyeing. We will prepare our own samples and discuss suitable needles, thread and fabric.

We will discuss the three most popular methods for preparing and indigo dyebath, before indigo dyeing our Shibori samples. Then, using some of the techniques sampled, we will create our own designs and prepare a length of cotton, or a scarf, before dyeing it.

Run as a single session in a venue, this face-to-face workshop runs for 3-4 hours (including a break for refreshments). You can learn about indigo dyeing and immerse yourself in the process of shibori, trialling your stitching and binding before making a beautiful scarf to take home.

For the face-to-face workshop the fee includes the materials and equipment you will use on the day and refreshments.

I am currently talking to local venues. Please check back to see new venues and dates

**NEW** Shibori Herringbone Scarf

Create your own beautiful herringbone patterned silk scarf using arashi shibori. Shibori is the Japanese name for a range of resist dyeing (or tie dye) methods. The diagonal patterns produced by this ingenious technique resemble driven rain which is why it is called arashi, meaning ‘storm’ in Japanese.

You will be taken step by step through the process of preparing your silk scarf, then wrapping the scarf around a pole, winding with thread and compressing it into tiny pleats. Once you have compressed your scarf on the pole you can have fun choosing colours and applying the dyes to your scarf. Then comes the magic! After dyeing you will open out your scarf to reveal your own unique strikingly patterned silk scarf.Best wishes,

Herringbone patterned silk scarves